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Police shoot, kill woman possibly armed with sword in Kansas City's Northland

Hear gunshots as police shoot and kill woman with sword during standoff

Multiple shoots were fired as Kansas City police ended a standoff with a woman who had a sword on Thursday, June 14, 2018, near 39th Street and North Jackson Avenue.
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Multiple shoots were fired as Kansas City police ended a standoff with a woman who had a sword on Thursday, June 14, 2018, near 39th Street and North Jackson Avenue.

Two-and-a-half hours into a standoff with a woman armed with a sword in Kansas City, North, police on Thursday afternoon shot and killed her, police confirmed.

An hour later, Kansas City police shot and killed two men out in the open at busy Barney Allis Plaza in downtown Kansas City, outside the Kansas City Convention Center.

In the Northland, shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday, an officer radioed to dispatch that there had been an "officer-involved shooting" in Kansas City.

"Shots fired ... party is down," the officer said.

Kansas City police Capt. Lionel Colón confirmed that police shot the woman to death, calling the lethal use of force "unavoidable" but justified.

"I wasn’t there, but if officers are going to use their weapon, it’s only in a situation when their lives or the lives of the public are in danger," he said.

More than a dozen police had responded around 1:30 p.m. to the 3800 block of North Jackson, a residential neighborhood. A woman possibly bearing a sword had left a residence and was barricaded in a shed. A 911 call for a person armed with a sword or knife originally led police to the area.

"She had been seen earlier ... walking around with the sword, which is obviously a threat to the community," Colón said.

It was unclear if the woman was armed with the sword at the time of the shooting.

"At this point I’m not sure. I wasn’t there on the scene ... but I’m very confident it was a last resort situation to ensure the safety of the public," Colón said.

Negotiators were called to the scene after she barricaded herself in the shed.

The residence was believed to be unoccupied, Colón said.

A Kansas City police spokesman said at 3:53 p.m. that tactical officers had secured the area to ensure the woman couldn't flee. "Negotiators are on scene attempting to make contact with the female," police said.

A nearby "day care/school" was placed on lockdown. The Chouteau and Parvin KinderCare is in the area.

But about 10 minutes after the spokesman's email, shots could be heard on scene.

"Appears to be a 10-42," said an officer on the radio, a call that signifies an "end of watch."

An officer also said the woman was "right outside the garage door."

"Two officers discharged," an officer said over the radio.

Colón could not confirm the number of officers who fired.

Earlier, police spoke to each other over the radio about whether the woman was possibly the homeowner's daughter. But they determined she wasn't, as the daughter was out of the area.

"Make sure we've got personnel there. She's not going to escape out of the hole we create," an officer said as they discussed battering into the structure where the woman was.

"We've got 15 guys there so she's not going to," another officer responded.

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