Officer shoots man armed with large knife near KCK store

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kansas City, Kan., police and deputies in the Wyandotte County Sheriff's office responded at about 1:30 p.m. in large numbers to an area near 5th and County Line Road, where an officer shot a man after he allegedly tried to rob a nearby Dollar Tree store.

Lt. Kelli Baliff, Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office, says a man went into the Dollar Tree, armed with a large knife. The man wasn't able to get anything from the store and fled in a westbound direction.

A deputy from the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Department and an officer from Westwood Police arrived and came in contact with the man in the 500 block of County Line Road.

Lt. Baliff said the Westwood officer tried to subdue him with a Taser, but it was ineffective. The deputy then shot the suspect. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

"They ordered him to put down the knife, the Westwood officer was still there, he deployed his Taser; that was not effective," Lt. Baliff told FOX 4. "And the gentlemen was still a threat to the officers, and our officer fired shots from his firearm."

It's presently unknown how many shots were fired or where the suspect was hit. Employees at the store were still being interviewed, but none were injured according to police.