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Ongoing dispute preceded fatal shooting involving KC police

Updated: 2013-04-01T22:55:36Z

By CHRISTINE VENDEL

The Kansas City Star

A dispute between two groups of people drew Kansas City police officers to the Northeast area Friday, where officers fatally shot Waylen J. Wealot, 21.

Two officers shot Wealot about 5 p.m. Friday in front of his home in the 4000 block of East 11th Street after Wealot fired at a van occupied by four of his rivals, police said Monday. Bullets struck the van but none of its occupants.

Before the shooting, one of the rivals had called police to report a threat by Wealot. The caller provided Wealot’s address as the home where the officers should go, police said. Officers went there then realized Wealot wasn’t the one who called 911. Officers then went to the caller’s home, just around the corner.

While police talked with people there, four of the rivals — two men and two women ages 17 to 20 — left in a van. They stopped at Wealot’s home, where he was standing outside with his longtime girlfriend and brother. An argument began.

The officers heard the argument then gunshots, drove to Wealot’s home and saw him firing at the van, police said. The officers ordered him to stop and fired at him when he did not, police said. He died at the scene.

Less than two weeks earlier, Wealot posted disparaging remarks on his Facebook page about three people who were in the van, complaining that they call police and “run away from the trouble they started.”

“Stop while you’re ahead,” he wrote. “Karma’s a (expletive), but I’m a lot quicker.”

According to Wealot’s Facebook page, he attended Northeast High School and Park Hill High School before graduating in 2010 from the Waverly Regional Youth Center, a juvenile residential center.

Police said the rival groups had been feuding for months, but investigators declined to say what started it. Police said they were concerned about retaliation after Friday’s shooting.

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to cvendel@kcstar.com.

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