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Man shot and killed by KCPD officer following traffic stop, foot chase

Traffic stop leads to fatal officer-involved shooting near 61st St and The Paseo

Kansas City police say an officer fatally shot a driver who fled a traffic stop Monday. Capt. Lionel Colón briefed reporters at the scene.
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Kansas City police say an officer fatally shot a driver who fled a traffic stop Monday. Capt. Lionel Colón briefed reporters at the scene.

A Kansas City police officer shot and killed a man following a traffic stop and foot pursuit Monday night.

At the scene, a Kansas City police spokesman told reporters that patrol officers attempted to stop a vehicle for an alleged traffic violation at about 6 p.m. in the area of 60th Street and Blue Hills Road. The vehicle stopped and the driver fled on foot, the spokesman said. Two occupants remained in the vehicle.

Police said one of the officers tried to use a Taser to stop the driver in the foot pursuit but was unsuccessful.

“Later on the driver turned toward the officers, brandished a handgun and officers then shot the driver,” said the spokesman, Capt. Lionel Colón.

The man shot by police was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not immediately release his name.

One of the officers fired a weapon in the shooting Monday night, police said. The officer will be placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure in such cases.

Police continued to investigate the shooting Monday night on Blue Hills Road between East 59th Street and East 61st Street. The Charter Landing and Citadel apartments are located near where the shooting happened.

In a news release, police said the two other occupants of the suspect vehicle are cooperating in the investigation.

No other injuries were reported as a result of the shooting.

Kaitlyn Schwers: 816-234-7909, @kaitlynschwers

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