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KC police identify man fatally shot by officer after allegedly brandishing a gun

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.

Kansas City police have released the name of a 20-year-old man who was fatally shot by an officer following a traffic stop and foot chase in the area of 60th Street and Blue Hills Road.

Travis T. Griffin of Kansas City was one of several people in a car that had been pulled over by police Jan. 8 for a traffic violation. Griffin got out and ran south on Blue Hills. Police arrested two women who remained in the car.

An officer chased the man and used a stun gun in an effort to subdue him but was unsuccessful, according to police.

Later during the pursuit, Griffin turned toward the officers and brandished a handgun, police said at the time. An officer shot him.

Griffin was pronounced dead at the scene.

One officer fired a weapon in the shooting, police said. The officer was put on administrative leave, as is standard procedure in such cases.

A witness disputed the police account, saying Griffin was not threatening the officers.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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.

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Glenn E. Rice: 816-234-4341, @GRicekcstar

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