Man in critical condition after police shooting in the Northland near I-35

One man is in critical condition after he was shot by a Kansas City police officer in the Northland Friday afternoon, police said.

Capt. Tim Hernandez, a police spokesman, said the shooting occurred around 4:30 p.m. when the man allegedly brandished a knife at officers responding to a “cutting” incident at Interstate 35 and Antioch Road.

Hernandez said police were initially called to the area after receiving a report of someone getting cut by a sharp object. That person was said to be in stable condition Friday afternoon.

Police located a possible male suspect with a knife near the underpass and tried to take him into custody but said he walked away from officers.

Hernandez said the officers followed the man, continually trying to get him to let go of a knife he was reportedly carrying.

“Officers made numerous attempts to get the individual to comply with their orders to drop the knife. They even attempted to use less lethal force with the deployment of a Taser,” Hernandez told reporters at the scene. “These efforts failed.”

The man at one point “turned on one of our officers and brandished the knife,” Hernandez said, and at least one officer shot the man at the southwest corner of Antioch Road and I-35, near Domino’s Pizza.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was taken to a hospital and was in critical condition.

No officers were injured.

Per its policy, police said the officer or officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing.

The shooting caused police to close the Interstate 35 exits to Antioch Road for a few hours.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the shooting to call the Kansas City Police Department at 816-234-5043.

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Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.
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