Metro officers, including some who cracked highway shootings case, honored for bravery

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The metro’s finest got a roar of applause for their acts of bravery as dozens of officers received high honors at Monday night’s regional police academy awards. Among those recognized included officers who helped end a reign of terror on metro highways and roadways.

State and local officers from several departments, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were credited with catching highway shootings suspect Mohammed Whitaker.

Whitaker is charged with numerous felony counts related to the 2014 case where he’s accused of shooting at passing cars over the span of a month.

“We have all these different names of our agencies around here, but on a day-to-day basis we all work as one team,” said KCPD Captain Tye Grant.

Also honored on Monday was Detective Brad Bailey, who was awarded the Purple Heart.

Det. Bailey was injured in the line of duty last march when a suspect hit his patrol car, causing is to go airborne during a pursuit.

He suffered several injuries, including injuries to his brain. Both the suspect he was pursuing, and Whitaker remain in custody.

Whitaker`s case is expected to go to trial next April.