Witness describes shooting of suspect in KCMO as ‘nauseating’ and ‘not worth it’

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A suspect was shot and killed after a police chase late Thursday night.

The chase began in Independence when an officer noticed a vehicle going in and out of traffic lanes.

After checking on the car, the officer found out the car was possibly stolen.

It was just before 11:30 last night when the officer tried to pull the driver over and the driver would not stop.

The driver led the officer on a car chase.

“Our officers used tire deflation devices in the area of 99th and Blue Ridge,” Kari Thompson with KCPD said. “That’s where the vehicle eventually came to rest with the suspect inside at 113th Terrace and Blue Ridge.”

Once the vehicle came to a stop, the driver bailed and took off running.  An Independence officer, who had been pursing the suspect, went after the armed suspect and shot him after the suspect turned toward the officer and refused to drop the weapon.

"The Independence officer pursued the suspect on foot," Thompson said. "That suspect refused to comply with the officer's commands. That suspect turned on the officer with a firearm, and the Independence officer fired upon the suspect."

Kansas City Fire Department personnel declared the suspect dead at the scene.

The Independence police officer was not injured.

A neighbor who was home with her three teen daughters at the time of the shooting called the whole situation nauseating.

"It was nauseating, and extremely sad because it was like pull over," the neighbor said. "You lost your life. You lost your life. You should have pulled over. I would go to jail over losing my life like that. So it's not worth it, not worth it. It's something that you cannot see."

Police have not yet released the identity of the suspect.