KANSAS CITY, Kan. — One person is dead and two others were injured in a stabbing and police shooting in Kansas City, Kansas, Tuesday.
Officers responded to a call about a stabbing near South 37th Street and Strong Avenue around 11:45 a.m. The caller told dispatchers that a man stabbed a woman as she walked down the sidewalk. The victim said she did not know her attacker.
“She was volunteering at the food pantry at 34th and Metropolitan, and was just walking home. She was accosted and stabbed multiple times by this stranger. That’s all we know. She’s doing well the hospital. She’s doing well, but she did sustain multiple stab wounds,” Lt. Kent Anderson, Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department, said.
The department said the officers confronted the suspect and tried to arrest him. Officers said he refused to drop the knife, the situation escalated, and the officers shot and seriously injured him.
“Anytime you identify anybody with a knife or a sword or edged weapon, the closer they come to you when you’re trying to take someone into custody, it becomes very tricky for the officers. They have to be very careful,” Anderson said.
Police said the suspect and a stabbing victim were taken to hospitals.
As officers investigated the stabbing, employees at a senior living center near the crime began checking on residents. One of the workers located a man in his 70s who had been stabbed. He died from his injuries.
Investigators believe the suspect may have committed both stabbings.
Police say the officers involved were not injured. The suspect shot by officers is expected to survive his injuries.