Police shot a man armed with a rifle early Wednesday when he allegedly pointed the weapon at his wife as she lay wounded in the grass outside their Kansas City, North home.
The shooting happened about 4 a.m. in the 7400 block of Northwest 79th Court.
Police received a call from the woman shortly before 4 a.m. saying her husband was firing a gun outside, said Officer Darin Snapp, a spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department.
While police were headed to the home, the woman called back saying her husband had shot her in the leg.
When officers arrived, they saw the woman lying on the lawn. She had sustained a gunshot wound to her knee. Her husband was standing over her allegedly holding an assault-type rifle at his side, Snapp said.
As officers approached and told the man to drop the weapon, he picked it up and allegedly pointed it at his wife.
Officers fired at the man, hitting him once in the arm, Snapp said. Police arrested the man.
The husband and wife were taken to hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
There were two children, a boy and girl between the ages of 6 and 10 years old, in the home sleeping at the time.
A family member was called to take care of the children.
The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on routine administrative leave.
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