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KC police ID man who died during standoff

Updated: 2014-01-06T19:12:02Z


The Kansas City Star

Kansas City police on Monday identified a man who died after shooting at officers from windows in his house last week.

William R. Ware, 68, was found dead after the exchange of gunfire that began about 11 p.m. Thursday in the 500 block of East 129th Terrace.

Police were summoned to the house after Ware apparently called 911 twice threatening to harm officers. When officers arrived, his wife already had exited the home and she told police that the calls were not a joke.

Ware fired a rifle at officers from several different windows and refused to come out of his house. Police initiated a tactical response for a barricaded person called an Operation 100.

During the standoff, Ware allegedly fired at police six times, with several bullets striking near officers. One officer crossing the back yard saw snow explode near his feet from a bullet. Another bullet struck the front fender of a police car.

As tactical officers prepared to fire a pepper spray canister into the house, Ware reportedly pointed his gun out a front window at the officers. A sniper fired at him and he retreated.

After that, an officer heard what sounded like a gunshot inside the house, police said.

Officers entered the house at 3 a.m. Friday and found Ware’s body with a head wound and at least one other gunshot wound. Police found a rifle near his body.

Detectives were awaiting the medical examiner’s report to determine whether the fatal shot was self-inflicted.

The deadly standoff was the fourth since September in Kansas City. In the prior incidents, the medical examiner ruled the deaths suicides. In three of the four cases, police returned gunfire.

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