After police officer shoots, kills man in KC, family comes from Chicago to get answers

Family members and activists gathered Thursday to publicly seek answers about why a police officer shot and killed a man earlier this year in Kansas City.

Terrance Bridges, 30, was shot and killed by a Kansas City police officer May 26 in the 7000 block of Bellefontaine Avenue.

The Kansas City Police Department said Bridges was a suspect in a carjacking, and that officers had responded to reports that Bridges forced his way into a home, engaged a man in an armed confrontation and then took the man’s vehicle.

Police said Bridges resisted arrest and an officer shot him during a struggle.

Family members and activists gathered in Kansas City Thursday to seek answers in the fatal shooting of Terrance Bridges by a police officer on May 26. Local activist group MORE2 announced a news conference at Swope Parkway United Christian Church. Jill Toyoshiba - The Kansas City Star

Local activist group MORE2, the Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity, issued a statement saying Bridges was not armed when he was shot and was not involved in a carjacking.

The group said it was joining Bridges’ family members from Chicago Thursday to demand answers.

MORE2 said the account given by police does not match what they know of the incident.

The shooting was investigated by the Kansas City Police Department.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has not yet issued a public letter to announce whether charges will be filed, as she usually does in fatal police shooting cases. Such decision letters often come many months after the shooting.

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Glenn E. Rice covers crime, courts and breaking news for The Kansas City Star, where he’s worked since 1988. Rice is a Kansas City native and a graduate of the University of Central Missouri.