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Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers shoot suspect with rifle outside local HQ in Lee’s Summit

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Troopers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol have identified a suspect shot Monday night at the agency’s local headquarters in Lee’s Summit, officials said.

Troopers identified him as 27-year-old Tayland Rahim of Clay County. Rahim remained hospitalized Tuesday. He is expected to survive his injuries.

Sgt. Bill Lowe said investigators searched a house in Gladstone where Rahim lived. They found three guns and ammunition. Investigators don’t know if the guns belong to Rahim.

MSHP’s Troop A, which covers the Kansas City region, said Rahim was shot, and no officers were injured at Troop A Headquarters, located near Lee’s Summit High School.

Sgt. Bill Lowe said at about 9:40 p.m., a trooper who was outside saw a vehicle on the west side of the building. The driver of that vehicle got out with a rifle.

The trooper reported the situation via radio, and two other troopers responded.

Lowe said two troopers fired their service weapons after the suspect refused to put his weapon down. It’s not clear at this time if the suspect fired their weapon.

“He was surprised that there was a trooper outside that observed him,” Sgt. Lowe said. “We are thankful that that trooper was out there, like I said, otherwise it could have been a lot worse. It could have been an ambush.”

First responders took the suspect to the hospital. He remains there in stable condition. The bomb squad investigated his vehicle as a precaution.

Investigators are talking to the troopers involved and will talk to the suspect as well.