KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man is in custody after prompting a major police response, causing the early-morning closure of 152 Highway in the Northland.
152 Highway east and westbound lanes have opened back up between North Brighton Avenue and I-435.
Kansas City police responded earlier to a reported stranded driver at about 4:45 this morning, April 27. When officers arrived, they found that the man had left his vehicle with a knife. Police reported that someone was wielding a knife was in the middle of the roadway.
Police said the man threatened officers when they arrived. He then began to threaten himself with the knife.
Responders shut down the highway and formed a perimeter. Specialized officers arrived, and crisis negotiators tried to work “toward a peaceful resolution,” police said.
“Based on the subject’s actions, Officers utilized less lethal munitions in order to take the person into custody without further incident,” Capt. David Jackson with the Kansas City Police Department stated. It’s unclear what those munitions were.
SCOUT suggested travelers headed that way in the early morning hours find a different route. The closure lasted about three hours.
“I think this… kind of illustrates, as we reimagine policing and we start making some reforms… how quickly things change, how quickly things escalate and de-escalate,” Jackson said.