Kansas City police opened an investigation into what detectives described as an officer-involved shooting Sunday morning in the city’s Northeast area.
Killed in the altercation was Eugene N. Turner III, 28, who police said fired several rounds at officers before being shot.
At 4:47 a.m., officers went to the area of Independence and Myrtle avenues to investigate a report of a suspicious person armed with a gun. Their attention soon shifted a block to the south.
“Upon arrival the officers encountered the suspect in the area of Sixth and Myrtle where shots were fired,” a police statement said.
“More than one officer was involved,” Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté reported on Twitter.
In a statement, police said that Turner, who is black, was “walking the streets carrying a gun” for reasons unknown.
Ambulance workers declared the suspect dead, and police recovered a handgun nearby, police reported. Two officers were placed on paid administrative leave, which is normal procedure for shootings involving police.
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