An Osawatomie, Kan., man faces multiple felony charges after allegedly firing a rifle in the direction of at least five Kansas City police officers on Monday.
Christopher D. Foster, 27, was charged Tuesday with five counts of first-degree assault and five counts of armed criminal action in the incident near 53rd and Indiana streets.
According to a release from the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office:
Officers were originally dispatched to the area on a report of a disturbance. They encountered Foster next to a black pickup truck.
Foster did not comply with officers’ demands to show his hands, police said.
At one point, he placed a rifle on his shoulder “as if he would fire it at officers,” the release said.
An officer then fired his rifle, and Foster returned several rounds at the officers, who took cover.
Officers reported hearing bullets “whizzing” by their heads.
After a brief period of non-compliance from the suspect, police called for an armored vehicle and contemplated firing on Foster’s vehicle’s tires.
However, shortly afterward police reported that the suspect began complying, raising his hands in the air saying, “Please don’t shoot.”
It was described as a “pretty haphazard, chaotic scene,” by KCPD Media Unit Commander Lionel Colon.
Foster later told police that he had run out of gas and “didn’t remember shooting at the officers,” the prosecutor’s office said.
He also said he was having marital and financial problems. He had plans to pawn his guns and admitted to taking speed the previous day, police wrote.
Foster’s bond was set at $200,000.