KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department is investigating after an officer was shot Tuesday afternoon.
But Overland Park police say the shooting actually occurred in their jurisdiction at 47th and Conser streets, right near the Wyandotte-Johnson county line and not far from Interstate 635.
Police told FOX4 the suspect was wanted for two hit-and-run crashes in Wyandotte County. The KCK officer pursued the suspect after identifying him while patrolling, KCKPD spokesperson Nancy Chartrand said.
After following the suspect to the area of 47th and Conser, the KCK officer stopped and the suspect did as well, Chartrand said. The two exchanged gunfire at some point, and the officer was hit in the arm. He was taken to the hospital, and the injury is considered non-life threatening.
The suspect’s vehicle was later found abandoned in KCK, but the suspect is still at large, police said. An active search for the suspect is ongoing Tuesday night.
There was a large police presence near 43rd and Metropolitan Avenue as well as on I-635 near Metropolitan while police investigated and searched for the suspect Tuesday. However, as of 5:45 p.m. that scene was cleared.
Police are now focusing their investigation on the scene at 47th and Conser. Overland Park and Merriam police are assisting KCK police.
The officer who was shot has been with the KCK Police Department for 4-1/2 to 5 years and transferred from another department. Chartrand said they are thankful he will recover.
“I’m sure when that officer stopped his vehicles he had no idea what was going to happen in the next few seconds, and that’s something that officers live with every day and they know, but is something I think that everybody needs to take into consideration,” Chartrand said.