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Police kill armed man in Northeast area

Updated: 2013-03-29T23:59:17Z

By BRIAN BURNES

The Kansas City Star

A man died Friday after being shot by two police officers investigating a disturbance in the Northeast area of Kansas City.

The officers, responding to a call near 11th Street and Norton Avenue just after 5 p.m., saw the man arguing with several passengers in a van.

The man began firing at the van, then continued to shoot while being approached by the officers.

“He was still firing when the officers engaged him,” said Sgt. Marisa Barnes of the Kansas City police. “The officers not only had to protect themselves but to protect others in the neighborhood.”

The man died at the scene, police said, and no one else was injured.

Both officers will be placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, Barnes said. One officer has nine years of service; the other has three.

Sharon Washington, a resident of the neighborhood, said she was getting ready for Good Friday church services when she heard what sounded like an argument followed by many gunshots.

“It was very scary,” Washington said. “It was my first experience with this kind of thing happening around this neighborhood.”

The deceased man’s identity was not released Friday night as police continued to interview witnesses.

To reach Brian Burnes, call 816-234-4120 or send email to bburnes@kcstar.com.

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