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Brother arrested in fatal shooting
By Chris Strunk
Last Updated: February 23, 2017

A 36-year-old Wichita man was arrested in connection with a shooting west of Valley Center early Feb. 12 that left his brother dead.

According to Sedgwick County jail records, Michael Lee Phillips was booked into the jail about 2 p.m. Feb. 12 on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault.

Phillips' address is in south Wichita. According to sheriff's office records, Phillips previously lived at the residence where the shooting took place, 8331 N. 94th West, which is just west of Tyler and south of 85th.

No bond was set.

The sheriff's office said in a news release that deputies were dispatched to the report of a shooting in the 8300 block of North Tyler about 3 a.m.

When deputies arrived, they immediately began assisting a 22-year-old man who had been shot. The suspect had already left the scene.

James L. Rotramel, who authorities said is Phillips' brother, was taken to a Wichita hospital with critical injuries. He died of his wounds about 4:30 a.m.

A second victim, 20-year-old Kristopher Hooper, was taken to a local hospital by private vehicle and was treated for a gunshot wound.

Deputies located a suspect who was transported to the Investigations Division of the sheriff's office.

Phillips was arrested later that afternoon.

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