Armed robbery suspects flee, fire at Kansas City police during escape attempt

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KANSAS CITY,  Mo. -- Police arrested five adults and detained a juvenile late Monday morning after a pursuit ended about five miles away from where police initially tried to stop the suspects.

Kansas City, Mo., police spokesperson Sgt. Kari Thompson told FOX 4 that at about 10:50 a.m., officers tried to stop a Ford Expedition near 27th and Bruce R. Watkins. A computer check of the license plate of the Expedition revealed that the Expedition was possibly connected to the armed robbery of a business on Friday.

An employee at the Boost Mobile store in south KC said two men quietly entered the store, but within minutes, they robbed the store at gunpoint. The men took $500 and then fled in a red SUV.

Police said it was the same vehicle police said they attempted to pull over on Monday, but they refused to stop.

Police pursued the suspect vehicle to Gregory and U.S. 71 Highway, where they were able to stop the car and make the arrests.

Police said occupants inside the Expedition fired shots at officers near Meyer and Walrond and then again near 63rd and 71 Highway. None of the officers was hurt.

Tasha Barkley was outside with her son when she said she saw one of the suspects fire at a police cruiser.

"And then I knew there was kids on the next block, so I told them to get in the house," Barkley said. "The man who was driving stuck his head out like he was aiming like towards my area and fired."

Police said eventually, the suspects surrendered near Gregory and 71 Highway.

Investigators said there were three men and two women, and one child in the SUV, which was a stolen vehicle, at the time of the chase. The child suffered an asthma attack and was taken to the hospital.

The other four were headed to jail. Police said they believe these suspects were also involved in other robberies in the area, including a shoe store just down the street.

scene at 71 hwy

Scene at Meyer and College

Scene at Meyer and College