KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting Saturday afternoon in the area of 23rd and Lister.
Mayor Quinton Lucas released a statement a few hours after the shooting, and said a white man died in this shooting.
“We have learned of an officer-involved shooting that occurred this afternoon near 23rd and Lister. The victim is an adult white male. I called an emergency Board of Police Commissioners meeting roughly one week ago to review and immediately enact police oversight policies to help build community trust and ensure transparency. One of those measures requires an outside enforcement agency to investigate any officer-involved shooting that occurs in Kansas City. This afternoon I have spoken with Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith and Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. Pursuant to our new board policy, the Missouri Highway Patrol is now on the scene to handle the investigation into this incident, rather than the Kansas City Police Department, and will be communicating with the public and press in connection with this incident.”
Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant Andy Bell gave an update at 6 p.m., and said at about 1:30 p.m. an armed carjacking occurred in 2300 block of Topping. Shortly after the carjacking, Kansas City police officers saw the suspect vehicle and attempted a traffic stop, but the driver fled and crashed at 23rd and Lister.
Sgt. Bell said the driver ran away from the crash scene and officers gave chase. He said the suspect showed a handgun, and a KCPD officer fearing for his life fired a single shot. Emergency services were given, but the suspect died at the scene. He’s only been identified as a white man in his 20’s.
No officers were hurt during this incident.
The highway patrol’s drug and crime control is conducting the investigation into the shooting, while KCPD is investigating everything that led up to it. Sgt. Bell said during the news conference that a handgun was found at the scene.
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