Man seriously injured in officer-involved shooting in Kansas City

A man suffered life-threatening injuries Monday morning in an officer-involved shooting in Kansas City.

The shooting happened about 8:30 a.m. near East 23rd Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard.

Kansas City Police Capt. Steve Young said officers discovered an unoccupied stolen truck in an area near Blue Parkway and Glenside Drive.

Officers in an unmarked car watched the truck until someone arrived and drove off. The officers followed the truck and called in a marked police car when the driver pulled up at a home in the 8900 block of East 23rd Street. The driver jumped back into the truck once he spotted the police car. He nearly ran over one police officer, who came perilously close to being pinned against a tree, Young said.

Then in a desperate attempt to flee the area, the man used the truck to ram the patrol car with enough force to push it down the driveway. Both officers fired upon the driver, police said.

“They felt their lives were in danger,” Young said.

The officers are on paid administrative leave, which is routine after an officer-involved shooting.

A man and a woman were inside the home. Authorities used a loud speaker to coax the woman from the home. Authorities then went inside and brought out the man.

The woman was questioned and released. The man was taken into custody on unrelated charges.