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KCPD says officer shot armed narcotics suspect who drove at police in downtown KC

Police shooting investigated at Sixth Street and Grand Boulevard

Police investigated a shooting by an officer Monday in downtown Kansas City. The shooting was reported near Sixth Street and Grand Boulevard.
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Police investigated a shooting by an officer Monday in downtown Kansas City. The shooting was reported near Sixth Street and Grand Boulevard.

Correction: Because of a typographical error, a previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the suspect fired a gun during the encounter. He did not, according to police.

A police officer shot an armed suspect in a drug investigation Monday afternoon in downtown Kansas City, according to police.

The suspect was shot after he allegedly drove toward the vehicles of officers trying to arrest him about 1:45 p.m. in the parking lot of Grand Slam convenience store at 631 Grand Boulevard near Sixth Street, police said.

They had made several drug purchases from him previously in an ongoing investigation by the Kansas City Police Department.

As officers tried to take the man into custody, he attempted to drive at the officers’ vehicles, according to Sgt. Jake Becchina, a police department spokesman. The man’s vehicle quickly became disabled, and he got out of it armed with a handgun, Becchina said.

Fearing for their safety, one of the officers shot the suspect, who has since been listed in critical but stable condition at a hospital, Becchina said. The man did not fire his weapon during the encounter, police said.

Becchina said he was unsure where the suspect was struck on his body.

Becchina said the suspect was the only person in the vehicle when he tried to drive at the officers’ vehicles.

Police have not identified the officer or the suspect.

Officers rendered first aid to the man at the scene. One officer suffered a minor injury to the hand, but no other officers were injured.

Police were interviewing witnesses and searching for surveillance video.

Police shut down the area surrounding the intersection as they conducted the investigation. They asked members of the public to avoid the area.

More than two dozen police vehicles responded to the scene. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, assistant county attorneys and Police Chief Rick Smith also responded.

Officers wrapped yellow crime scene tape around nearby poles and signs to block drivers from entering the scene.

Becchina said police hoped the suspect would be charged soon.

The shooting was the second by a Kansas City police officer in four days.

On Friday, an officer shot a suspect after he allegedly brandished a knife at officers responding to a stabbing in the Northland. He survived and has since been charged.

Luke Nozicka covers local crime and federal courts for The Kansas City Star. Before joining The Star, he covered breaking news and courts for The Des Moines Register.
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