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Kansas City man is accused of shooting at police

Updated: 2013-07-24T23:47:37Z

By CHRISTINE VENDEL

The Kansas City Star

Jackson County prosecutors on Wednesday accused a 46-year-old man of shooting through his front window at police officers who were knocking on his door early Tuesday.

No one was hurt in the 2:20 a.m. incident in the 11300 block of Delmar Avenue in Kansas City.

Prosecutors charged Lewis Gant with assault of a law enforcement officer. He remained in jail Wednesday in lieu of a $150,000 bond.

Three officers had gone to Gant’s home to investigate a shooting about an hour earlier in the same area. That victim was shot in the arms.

Two officers stood in the yard and a third officer knocked on the door.

“Who the (expletive) is it?” a man yelled.

Sensing the hostility, the officer began backing away from the front door. The man inside yelled again, “Who is it?”

“Police,” the officer answered before hearing the gunshot and seeing a muzzle flash. All three officers took cover before eventually enticing the home’s occupants, including Gant, to come outside.

Police found a shell casing inside the home near the front door, a bullet hole in the living room window and a bullet lodged in the window pane. Officers also found two guns in the home.

Witnesses inside the house said they awoke and heard Gant yelling that he had shot at someone. Gant told detectives he didn’t realize police were the ones at his door.

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

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