April 23, 2013

KC police shoot suspect who threatened officer

No officer was hurt in shooting at Ninth Street and Cypress Avenue.

A man is in fair condition after being shot in the neck by a Kansas City police officer when the suspect attempted to run over a fellow officer with a vehicle, police said.

Two officers were on routine patrol at 4:15 p.m. when they observed a motor vehicle accident near Ninth Street and Cypress Avenue in the city’s Northeast area. A minivan involved in the accident fled the scene and the officers pursued with their patrol lights on, said police spokesman Darin Snapp.

The suspect turned north on Kensington Avenue and then stopped. When the officers pulled up the suspect drove his van in reverse and rammed the patrol car. When the officers got out and approached the suspect he started to drive forward. As one officer ran back to the patrol car, the suspect again went into reverse and backed toward the second officer. That’s when the first officer fired at least twice into the suspect’s vehicle, striking him once in the neck, Snapp said.

The wound was said to be superficial.

Neither officer was injured. The officer who fired is on administrative leave pending an investigation.

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