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Homicide suspect dies after exchanging gunfire with police in Northland

Updated: 2013-09-13T05:43:22Z

By CHRISTINE VENDEL

The Kansas City Star

A homicide suspect died Thursday after exchanging gunfire with Kansas City police who were trying to arrest him at a Northland home.

No officers were hurt in the incident, which began just before 10 a.m. in the 5300 block of North Denver Avenue, said Capt. Tye Grant.

Fugitive detectives tracked the man to the home and were trying to get him to come outside, but he refused. The detectives called tactical officers at 10:18 a.m. to help with the standoff.

While police had the home surrounded and were waiting for the additional officers and equipment, the man opened the back door, then closed it. A few minutes later, about 10:30 a.m., he opened the door and fired at detectives, who returned fire. The man retreated inside. Initially, it was unknown if he had been hit. He was believed to be in the home alone.

Tactical officers soon took over and surrounded the home with snipers and an armored vehicle. They also evacuated residents from nearby homes.

Just before noon, police negotiators tried to contact the man but did not reach him. Tactical officers looked in the window and saw the man on the floor with blood on his shirt. Tactical officers later entered the home and confirmed he had died. Police did not release his name.

Police were interviewing two people who left the home before the standoff.

Police wanted to talk to the man in connection with a shooting death Sunday in the 9400 block of North Kenwood Avenue. The man who died Sunday, Joe Laudenbach, had forced his way into a home and tried to kidnap an occupant, according to court records filed Monday.

The man who died after the police shootout Thursday is believed to be the second intruder involved in the incident, Grant said.

Laudenbach, 36, died after one of the residents wrestled a gun from him and the gun fired five or six times as they struggled, court records say. Laudenbach was found dead about 1 p.m. in the driveway of the home.

Clay County prosecutors accused a 28-year-old woman of participating in the attempted kidnapping. They charged Tessa L. Franco of Dearborn in Platte County on Monday with second-degree murder because a killing happened during the crime. She also faces charges of attempted kidnapping and two counts of armed criminal action.

According to court records, Franco went to the home with Laudenbach and two other men but soon left with one of the men. Laudenbach and the other man forced their way into the home, where Laudenbach told an occupant at gunpoint, “You’re going with me.”

As the second intruder took another occupant downstairs, the fight broke out between Laudenbach and the person he was trying to kidnap. The attempted kidnapping victim suffered a knee wound during the fight over the gun.

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

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