Person reportedly threatening to harm self killed by Overland Park police officer
An officer-involved shooting in Overland Park Saturday night has left one person dead.
Amid heavy police presence at England Street and West 149th Terrace where part of the neighborhood was taped off, Overland Park Police Capt. Keith Jenkins announced that one person died after police arrived in the 9300 block of West 149th Terrace to check on someone who was reportedly attempting to harm themselves.
Police later said in the news release that the victim was a male. Police have not released the victim’s name or age.
According to the news release, the male victim was driving a vehicle out of the garage of the home when he was shot by one of the responding officers.
“As the responding officers approached the residence to make contact, the garage door opened and a vehicle exited the garage, moving rapidly toward one of the responding officers. The officer discharged his service weapon striking the male driver. The driver died at the scene,” police said.
Numerous officers responded to the call, Jenkins told reporters, adding that shots were fired by one officer, who was not injured.
Per policy, Jenkins said the officer who fired the shots will be put on administrative leave.
“The officer is fine,” Jenkins said. “Very shook up, as you can imagine. Anytime this happens, officers are very upset that it had to happen.”
The shooting is being investigated by the Johnson County Officer-Involved Shooting Team.
The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office is expected to review the case once the investigation is complete.
Anyone who witnessed the shooting or anyone who has information about the incident is asked to call the Overland Park Police Department at 913-895-6300 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.