A Kansas City police officer accidentally shot his foot Friday as he prepared to help secure a beauty salon where an armed robber had holed up.
The patrol officer was near his vehicle, loading a round in his AR-15 rifle when the rifle discharged. The officer, who is one of the department’s firearm instructors, underwent surgery Saturday and may need additional surgery. Police officials said they haven’t determined exactly what happened but the incident did not pose a danger to the public.
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The shooting occurred about 9:20 p.m. after an armed robbery in a driveway in the 4100 block of Campbell Street. A man and woman said they were leaving a home, preparing to drive to the Country Club Plaza, when a man wearing a purple cardigan approached from the sidewalk. He pulled a gun and demanded their valuables, including the woman’s purse and a bracelet she was wearing. After the robber ran away, the couple called 911.
Police officers saw a man matching the robber’s description in front of a salon at 4210 Troost Avenue and tried to stop him. He fled into the salon and three women ran out of it, leaving the gunman alone inside.
Patrol officers who initially responded to the scene set up a perimeter around the business. That’s when the officer accidentally shot himself, police said. Later, after tactical officers surrounded the salon, the suspected robber surrendered.