BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — One person has died Tuesday after a police shooting near the Walmart in Blue Springs.

Blue Springs police said officers were assisting Cass County sheriff’s deputies in trying to take two people into custody around 4:45 p.m. near NE Sunnyside School Road and NE RD Mize Road.

When officers approached the two, Blue Springs police said one suspect shot at officers. Two officer returned fire, killing one person.

No officers were injured in the shootout, and police took the other person into custody. Officials did not release any information about why Cass County was following the two.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has identified the man killed as 28-year-old Michael Saunders of Blue Springs.

Blue Springs resident, Sherry Carpenter, says she was walking her dog when police were chasing the same suspect police say had fired at Cass County deputies days ago.

“[An officer] was running and shooting,” Carpenter said. “I grabbed my boyfriend’s gun from the closet, and I ran into the bathroom and just shut the door, because I was fearful, because they hadn’t found him yet.”

Brandon Ashburn also lives in the area and was driving at the time.

“My friend in the passenger seat was the one that pointed it out as we were driving by,’ Ashburn said. “He was like, ‘Dude that guys’ got a gun!’

“There appeared to be a man with an AR-15 behind me at this apartment complex,” Ashburn added. “I saw a bunch of cops all kind of surround him, and they hoped out with guns drawn.”

BSPD Chief Bob Muenz says officers were left with no other choice but to fire as the man shot at them.

“They encountered the subject, he pulled a weapon and fired at them,” Muenz said. “Two of our officers returned fire, striking him.”

“I’ve never been that close,” Carpenter said. “I’ve never witnessed anything like that.”

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will take over the investigation into the police shooting now.

This is a breaking news story. It will be updated with additional information as soon as it becomes available.

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