Jackson County prosecutors have charged an 18-year-old man who allegedly aimed an AK-47 assault rifle at several Kansas City police officers after a wreck early Saturday.
Jose Antolin of Kansas City faces charges of assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action tied to the incident at Monroe and Garner avenues in the Northeast area. Officers were in the neighborhood after a hit-and-run collision.
According to court records:
Officers were in the 3900 block of Smart Avenue when they saw a southbound Toyota Camry speeding on a nearby street. They heard a crash, walked over and saw that the Toyota and another vehicle had collided.
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The officers saw a man walking from the crash scene. The barrel of a rifle was visible next to the man’s body.
An officer yelled, “Gun!” to alert the other officers. He then shouted, “Drop the gun, drop the gun” at the man, who ignored the commands and continued to walk away.
One of the officers said he heard the man “rack or chamber” a round in the rifle. The officer dove behind a tree when he saw the man turn toward him. The other officers again ordered the man to drop the weapon.
The gunman dropped the rifle and ran west on Garner Avenue.
Police arrested Antolin moments later.
The officers found the M70 model AK-47 rifle in front of a residence. The weapon had a magazine that contained 14 live rounds of ammunition. A second magazine that contained 29 rounds of ammunition was taped to the inserted magazine.
A witness later told police the gunman pointed the assault rifle at him after the wreck.