Man in critical condition after being shot by police near 44th & Mersington

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating after an officer-involved shooting occurred near 44th and Mersington early Saturday.

Officers responded to four separate calls of shots fired in the area of 37th and Wabash around 2:50 a.m. Saturday.

Upon arrival, police saw a vehicle leaving the scene. Officers pursued the vehicle to a dead end near 44th and Mersington.

As officers approached the vehicle to contact the driver, described as a black male in his 30s, they saw he had a gun.

A police spokesperson said in a statement, “fearing for their lives the officers were forced to shoot the suspect.”

The officers immediately rendered first aid until emergency medical services arrived.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital, where he is listed in critical condition. No officers were injured.

Police said they have not discovered any victims in the area of 37th and Wabash.

Anyone with information is urged to call the TIPS hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

The two officers will be placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation — standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.