KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating a shooting Friday night involving an officer with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department.
KCPD officers were following up on a report just before 8 p.m. from the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department on an alleged armed carjacking that had occurred.
The report was a maroon Chrysler Town & Country van that was stolen at gunpoint. The suspects were described as a man and a woman.
KCKPD then sent out the vehicle and license plate description to other law enforcement agencies.
Sgt. Andy Bell says that the woman had a gun in her hand at some point during the encounter with officers. MSHP is reviewing body footage.
“I said oh my god they shot her oh my god what am I supposed to do,” said Shedanaja, who did not want us to use her last name.
She was traveling out of state, but had stopped at the Family Dollar at 6th and Prospect.
That’s when she says officers pulled into the parking lot Friday night with police attempting to talk with two suspects that had reportedly carjacked someone at gun point.
“Within a couple seconds, I hear ‘Get down, get down, get down.’ He decided to flee, jumps over the fence and he gone,” she said.
A man jumped out of the car running while the female passenger did not run.
“She gets out she goes just like this, she’s doing this the whole time and moving around like that, not a 360 but at least a 180, to say I’m not a threat to you.”
She also said they shot the woman five times in her back.
“I’m shaken I’m shaken that’s all I could do this happened right there it can’t change; my whole life is changed forever, I can’t unsee it.”
“Instead of you seeing if she’s ok to hold her and console her after what happened you put her…you turn her over and put her in handcuffs.”
Officers with KCPD spotted the suspect vehicle with two people inside at a Family Dollar parking lot near E. 6th Street and Prospect Avenue.
A male suspect fled the scene on foot and a female got out of the vehicle from the passenger seat. A handgun was located and two officers discharged their firearms.
The 26-year-old female, Leonna M. Hale was shot and taken to an area hospital in stable condition.
The male was uninjured but taken to the hospital for an unrelated medical issue.
The investigation is ongoing.
No officers were injured in the incident and there is no threat to the public.
KCPD tells us the two officers have been placed on administrative leave.