Police officer shoots, kills suspect in carjacking, domestic disturbance at KC home

A suspect in an armed carjacking during a domestic disturbance was shot and killed by a police officer early Sunday as he struggled with the officer during an arrest, police said.

The domestic disturbance occurred shortly after 12:30 a.m. in the 7000 block of Bellefontaine Avenue.

Multiple callers told police that an armed man had forced his way into a home. One caller said the man had kidnapped her husband and carjacked their car, police said.

Three officers responded to the home and found that an armed confrontation had occurred between the carjacker and the caller’s husband, police said. The husband was able to fight him off, but the man used force to take a vehicle and fled.

Two of the officers left to look for the car. Minutes later, the man returned. When the remaining officer tried to take him into custody, the man ran away, police said.

The officer caught up with him just south of the home and tried to arrest the man. The man allegedly resisted and struggled with the officer.

During the struggle, the officer shot the man, police said.

Police tried to provide life-saving measures to the man at the scene. An ambulance took the man to a hospital where he was declared dead, police said.

Police identified the man as Terrance Bridges, 30.

The officer in the shooting, who was from the Metro Patrol Division, was not injured.

Detectives interviewed witnesses overnight while crime scene investigators collected evidence at the scene. A member of the Jackson County Prosecutor’s office also responded to the scene.

Gregory Boulevard was closed overnight from Agnes to Walrond avenues while police collected evidence. Gregory was reopened shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday.

In the morning, a piece of crime scene tape, some discarded gloves and footprints in the mud marked the piece of ground where the struggle and shooting was said to have occurred.

Detectives continued to interview witnesses and investigate the shooting Sunday morning.

Later Sunday, when police identified the man killed in the shooting, Officer Jake Becchina, a police spokesman, said in a statement that detectives and prosecutors had been in touch with Bridges’ family and next of kin.

The officials “explained the basic facts as we know them and answered their questions,” Becchina said. “They further explained the process ahead and what they can expect as the investigation unfolds in the coming days.”

Kansas City police typically investigate their own officer-involved shootings. In Jackson County, after the investigation is complete Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker usually releases a letter explaining her decision on whether or not to file charges.

Police said they have talked to many people who were present during the events. However, police asked than anyone with information call detectives at 816-234-5043.

Related stories from Kansas City Star

Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing.