Officer’s gun discharges during traffic stop at Shawnee convenience store

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SHAWNEE, Kan. -- Police say an officer's gun went off during a scuffle at a convenience store at 75th and Switzer early Thursday morning. Police say it began with a traffic stop. A Shawnee police officer was running a records check on a license plate, which revealed the driver of either a Camaro or a Firebird had a warrant.

The Shawnee police officer contacted a Lenexa police officer who was at the Quiktrip to help. The driver got out of the car and police say there was some sort of struggle. The driver jumped back into his car and that's when the gun went off.  Aside from a few scrapes on the officer, no one was hurt.

"The Shawnee officer flagged the Lenexa officer over and said can you help me contact this guy involving a warrant," said Sgt. Brian Hill. They went to contact this guy and a struggle ensued The Lenexa officer falls down as the person who had the warrant is starting to back his vehicle up. The Lenexa officer falls down and discharges his firearm."

Investigators believe they know who the driver is.  The officer is on paid leave during the investigation.