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Leavenworth officer kills 47-year-old man during car theft call; KBI investigating

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- The Kansas Bureau of Investigation identified the man shot and killed Tuesday night by a Leavenworth police officer, as Antonio Garcia, Jr., 47, of Leavenworth.

The Leavenworth Police Department called in the KBI to investigate after the officer shot and killed Garcia while the officer was responding to a call about a stolen vehicle. A news release from the department says the officer was sent to the 1700 block of Rose Street at about 8:15 p.m., and reported the shooting shortly after he arrived.

The release doesn't mention whether the suspect was armed or what happened in the immediate moments before the deadly shooting.

Garcia was pronounced dead on the scene. Garcia's wife, Heather Garcia, 41, of Leavenworth, was arrested for interference of a law enforcement officer.

The Leavenworth police chief says the officer was not hurt. The officer has been with the department for two years.

"I want the community to know that we have a great deal of confidence in the KBI to come in and conduct the investigation thoroughly and timely. We know the matter is important and so we have their confidence," said Patrick Kitchens, Leavenworth chief of police.