The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office confirmed late Friday afternoon that it is reviewing a second incident of possible misconduct by a Wichita Police Department officer.

But Lt. Nathan Gibbs, a department Public Information Officer said that’s all he could confirm. He said he had no details on the case, including any information regarding the rank of the officer in question. 

“All I can say is that yes, we are investigating, but beyond that I have no comment,” he said

Referral to the Sheriff’s Department instead of the Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division means the investigation is of an incident that has the potential for criminal charges versus the violation of police administrative policies.

Wichita Police Chief Joe Sullivan issued a statement earlier on Friday that read:

“On Tuesday morning, January 17, 2023, I became aware of the possible mishandling of a sensitive police document by a department member.

Given the nature of the allegation, on Tuesday evening I turned the investigation over to Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter who has started a comprehensive investigation.

In response to the allegation, I placed the department member on administrative leave with pay, pending the results of the investigation.

As this is now an active investigation, it would be inappropriate for me to provide any further comment or information at this time.”

Earlier this month, Sullivan elected to turn the investigation of allegations of improper use of force by an off-duty officer working security at Roller City on New Year’s Eve over to Sheriff Jeff Easter.

That complaint came after a video posted on social media drew an outcry. It showed the officer striking a teenage boy repeatedly, throwing him against a wall and spraying him with pepper spray as he stood in a submissive posture.

That officer was also placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.