Neighbors speak out on the officer-involved shooting that left man in critical condition

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City man is in critical condition, after being shot by police in a metro neighborhood. Police say the man had a gun and officers feared for their lives. Neighbors were woken up in the middle of the night to the sound of gun fire.

Per protocol, the officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave. Meanwhile, witnesses in the neighborhood say they’re shaken to their core.

“I was letting the dogs in, I heard sirens.”

Brandon Miller was standing in his backyard, when a car drove into the dead end just a few feet away. The next thing he knew, police cars swarmed the car.

“Then all I heard was get down! Pow, pow, pow, pow, pow!” Miller said.

Miller says officers fired at least five shots.

“I hit the ground, instantly.”

One neighbor who didn’t want to speak on camera says the man had a gun in his right hand, pointed at police. The neighbor told FOX 4 it appeared he had already been shot before police even got on scene. Police say it all started when they got a call of shots fired at 37th and Wabash. Officers saw a car leaving the area and followed it to this dead end. Police say the driver had a gun and fearing for their lives, officers say they were forced to shoot.

“I felt like another person was gonna lose their life,” Miller said.

Hours later, one shell case remains. The man remains in critical condition. Neighbors here wish there would’ve been a different outcome. They don’t want to see another life lost.

“I just feel it’s sad. He might not make it. I pray to god he does. Hope and pray for his family. That’s all you can do.”

This is still an open investigation. If you know anything about this, call crimestoppers at 816-474-TIPS.