KCK police identify 37-year-old man killed after leading police on chase that crossed state line

KANSAS CITY, Kan. --  One person is dead following a police chase that ended in Kansas City, Kansas Friday afternoon.

The chase began in KCMO with officers chasing a man later identified as 37-year-old Jose Mendez of Kansas City, Missouri. It eventually crossed into KCK.

Police say at one point the car ended up on Interstate 670 then eventually stopped, and the driver got out and took off running.

When police located the suspect at an apartment complex near Gilmore and Mill streets, he was armed with a gun. When he pointed the gun at an officer, police said the officer had no choice but to shoot.

"When our officers located him, he was carrying a gun," KCKPD spokesman Zac Blair said. "At one point he did point a gun at our officers, and our officers had to react. They shot him. He did die as a result of the shooting."

Mendez was charged in Missouri with aggravated assault on an officer and was on the run, according to police.

"It's unfortunate that things have to unfold this way. We don't want things to unfold this way," Blair said. "But if it has to, that's what our officers are going to do to protect our citizens."

The incident took place near Central Middle School. A spokesperson for the KCK School District said students and staff are safe. They temporarily experienced a lock out, but they have since been given the all-clear.

The department is calling in investigators from the Topeka Police Department to assist them in their investigation into the shooting for transparency.

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