Kansas City police have released the name of a 25-year-old man who was found fatally shot by officers Wednesday afternoon at Eighth Street and Van Brunt Boulevard in Northeast Kansas City.
David K. Crosby-Dowdy of Kansas City had been a suspect in a series of robberies.
Kansas City police patrol and street narcotics officers pulled over a car on Van Brunt Near Eighth Street as part of a planned arrest. Police had learned that Crosby-Dowdy was a suspect in several robberies. He allegedly told others that he was armed and ready for a shootout with officers if they attempted to arrest him.
Police said Crosby-Dowdy was riding in the passenger seat when uniformed and plainclothes officers pulled the car over. He initially complied with officers but suddenly changed his mind and reached for a gun, police said. Officers then shot him.
Officers tried to resuscitate Crosby-Dowdy until paramedics arrived. He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition and later died.
Heavily armed tactical officers later converged on a home in the area of Ninth Street and Cleveland Avenue.
Initially, six people exited the house, but four others remained inside and a standoff ensued, police said.
Several hours later, the four surrendered to police, and police obtained a warrant to search the house. The other six were also arrested and taken in for questioning.
Police have not said how the two incidents are related.
Crosby-Dowdy had a pending case in Jackson County circuit court for tampering, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance. Court records show that he was released on bond on Nov. 22 in that case after being charged in August.
Crosby-Dowdy was also on probation in another case where he was charged in 2012 with burglary and theft.
On Thursday, Kansas City police disputed a witness’s claim to several media outlets that the fatal shooting could have been avoided.
In a statement, police officials said their preliminary investigation confirmed the information the department released, including witnesses’ statements.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said in a statement that the driver’s statements to the media contradicted what the same man told police immediately following the shooting. It also contradicted the statement of another witness to the shooting, Baker said.
Baker and two of her assistant prosecutors visited the scene following the shooting.