September 18, 2013

Man found dead after police shootout in Northland is identified

Police said Thomas L. Hendren, 47, died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A man who apparently killed himself after exchanging gunfire with Kansas City police last week was identified Wednesday as Thomas L. Hendren.

Police said Hendren, 47, was being sought in connection with a Sept. 8 homicide investigation when fugitive detectives tracked him to a residence in the 5300 block of North Denver Avenue last Thursday.

After police surrounded the house, Hendren opened a door and fired at detectives, who returned fire, police said. He then went back inside. Police, unsure if he had been hit, continued to surround the house.

After efforts to contact him were unsuccessful, officers looked in a window and saw his body on the floor.

On Wednesday, police said Hendren died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The earlier homicide occurred at a house in the 9400 block of North Kenwood Avenue.

The man who was killed, Joe Laudenbach, was one of two intruders who forced their way into a home and tried to kidnap an occupant, according to court records. Police earlier said they suspected Hendren of being the second intruder.

Laudenbach, 36, was found dead in the driveway of the Kenwood residence. According to court records, he was killed after one of the residents wrestled a gun from him and the gun fired five or six times as they struggled.

Tessa L. Franco, a 28-year-old woman from Dearborn in Platte County, is charged with second-degree murder, attempted kidnapping and armed criminal action for allegedly participating in the crime.

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