Kansas City police shot a suspected carjacker early Monday after they thought he fired a gun at them, according to new details released by police Thursday.
The 37-year-old wounded man remains under guard in a hospital and is expected to survive, police said.
Police Capt. Tye Grant said a man reported that his car had been stolen at gunpoint at Independence and Brooklyn avenues about 1:40 a.m. About 20 minutes later, officers found the car in an alley near Independence and Cypress avenues. The officers initially thought the car was unoccupied, so they stood back and waited. But the brake lights lit up, and they realized a man was in the driver’s seat.
As two officers approached the car, they saw the driver backing up and heard what they thought was a gunshot coming from the car.
“Fearing for their safety, the officers returned fire,” Grant said.
Each officer fired about a dozen rounds. The man was struck multiple times, but Grant didn’t know the exact number.
The carjacking victim later identified the driver as the man who stole his car at gunpoint. But police did not find a gun with the driver or in the car.
The Star is not naming the injured man because he has not been charged in connection with the armed robbery. He is wanted on a parole violation stemming from a drug trafficking conviction. He was released from prison Oct. 7.