Officer and suspect shot in Harrah’s casino parking garage

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NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A disturbance call at Harrah’s casino ended with a police officer and a suspect both shot.

The incident began when casino security engaged a suspect for suspicious behavior in the casino parking garage just before 11 p.m. Friday. Casino security called for assistance from the Missouri Highway Patrol when the suspect became combative.

A background check of the suspect revealed that the man had an active warrant in a neighboring city.

Police identified the suspect on Saturday as 35-year-old Ronald R. Morris of Kansas City, Mo.

Morris was inside a vehicle — which was later determined to be stolen — when Highway Patrol arrived. When two officers attempted to arrest Morris, he pulled a gun and shot one of the officers. Then another trooper shot the suspect.

The officer, a 26-year veteran of the Highway Patrol, was taken to an area medical facility with moderate wounds. The suspect was also taken to a medical facility with serious wounds. The trooper who fired at Morris is a 19-year veteran of the Patrol.

Both are expected to survive. There were no other injuries reported.