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Bat-wielding man killed by KCK police identified

Updated: 2013-11-18T19:39:09Z

A man shot to death by Kansas City, Kan., police early Saturday was identified Monday as Nicholas Simonitch.

Simonitch, 22, of Kansas City, Kan., allegedly was wielding a baseball bat when officers were called about 7:20 a.m. Saturday to a reported disturbance in the 3700 block of Strong Avenue, according to police.

Police said that when Simonitch “lunged” at officers with the weapon, he was shot. He died at the scene.

The police department’s major case unit is investigating.

Tony Rizzo, trizzo@kcstar.com

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