KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police responded to the scene of an officer involved shooting in Kansas City on Tuesday.
Shortly after 2:30 p.m. police responded to the 6400 block of 15th terrace to conduct a warrant check. Once officers arrived on scene they were able to make contact with a subject matching the description of the wanted party.
The suspect then ran from the residence. Police said at the time, one of the officers believed the man was preparing to shoot at him, so he fired his weapon hitting the suspect. The suspect was treated at the scene for his injuries, then transported to an area hospital. He has been listed in critical condition. Police said no officers were injured during this incident.
On Tuesday afternoon FOX 4 spoke to the shooting victim's family who identified him 34-year-old Anthony Contreras. Family members say Contreras was shot in the backyard of a residence while he was running from police. Shaun Magana, a man who claims to be the suspect's cousin, says Contreras is known to run but insists he is not violent.
"They shot him when he ran out the back door and they shot him point blank when they could have tazed him, maced him and they shot him dead in his face, in his face and they`ll find all around him there was no weapons at all and that`s his m.o. and any neighborhood cop should know that," said Magana.
The officer who shot the suspect is on paid routine leave while the case remains under investigation.