Officer-involved shooting in Andover Under Investigation


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BUTLER COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place Wednesday night in Andover, Kansas.

The Andover Police Department contacted the KBI around 11 p.m. to request assistance investigating the shooting. Special agents and the Crime Scene Response Team responded.

Preliminary information indicates that on Wednesday, Dec. 22, at approximately 10:40 p.m., the Andover Police Department received a 911 call from a citizen reporting a suspicious person inside a self-storage facility at 1009 W. U.S. Highway 54 in Andover.

Four Andover police officers arrived to the area, and they located a man inside one of the storage units. They called him out of the unit to make contact with him. The man was later identified as Nicholas T. Waggoner, 25, of Wichita. Waggoner claimed the storage unit belonged to a family member, but when an officer patted him down he located a severed padlock in his possession.

Officers requested Waggoner’s driver’s license and allowed him to get into a Ford F-150 pickup truck to retrieve it. After he entered the pickup truck, he put the vehicle into reverse and quickly backed up in the direction of officers. One officer fired one round at Waggoner, striking him. The truck then crashed off a steep embankment. The shooting occurred at approximately 10:45 p.m.

Officers took Waggoner into custody and administered first-aid. EMS responded to the scene. They transported him to Wesley Medical Center where he underwent surgery. Currently, Waggoner is in serious, but stable condition.

No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.

The KBI will conduct a thorough and independent investigation into this shooting. Once completed the findings will be turned over to the Butler County Attorney for review.

This investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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