RAYTOWN, Mo. -- Police say that alcohol may have been a factor in an incident that led up to an officer shooting and killing a man who was threatening his roommate and police with a rifle.
Robert Long was shot and killed by police in the front yard of a home in the 9000 block of East 79th Street around 3:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. According to police, Long had been drinking all day long, and had actually been taken home from a bar by police a few hours earlier after he was kicked-out of a bar for being too drunk.
Police say that Long had been given the choice of either going to jail or going home, and he chose to go home.
"All I can tell you is he was intoxicated and it was clear to the officers he was intoxicated," said Capt. Ted Bowman of the Raytown Police Department.
Authorities say that just a few hours after Long was taken home, officers were called back to the home on 79th Street after Long fired a pistol into his house. Police say that when Long's roommate returned home, he found him in the front yard with the pistol. The two men fought over the gun, but after Long gave up the pistol he got out a rifle and threatened to kill his roommate and himself.
Officers say that Long told a police dispatcher that he would shoot anyone who came to the door. He also said that he was a combat veteran who would be returning to duty soon.
"I don't want to paint the picture that his going back to military service was responsible for what happened. That's not the indication that we're given," said Capt. Bowman. "We're given to understand he was told to return to duty, he expected it and anticipated it and wanted to serve his country."
Police say that Long was shot once because he threatened officers with the rifle after they arrived on the scene. He was taken to an area hospital where he died of his wounds a few hours later.
Raytown Police say that Long did not have any criminal record. The officer who shot Long has been placed on administrative leave while police investigate the shooting. His name has not been released.