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Independence police officer kills armed carjacker in Sugar Creek

The Independence officer pursued a stolen car, which turned southbound at a Missouri River bridge and then west toward Sugar Creek. The carjacker then turned into an industrial park near Kentucky Road and River Boulevard, stopped and began firing at the officer. The officer returned fire and the carjacker died at the scene.
The Independence officer pursued a stolen car, which turned southbound at a Missouri River bridge and then west toward Sugar Creek. The carjacker then turned into an industrial park near Kentucky Road and River Boulevard, stopped and began firing at the officer. The officer returned fire and the carjacker died at the scene. The Wichita Eagle

An armed carjacker died Tuesday afternoon after being shot by an Independence police officer in Sugar Creek.

A man said he was sitting in his car at a stop sign at Susquehanna Ridge and Bundschu Road about 2:15 p.m. when a man entered the passenger side and pulled out a handgun. The victim got out of the car and the man drove away.

About half an hour later, an Independence police officer noticed the car as it passed him heading north on Missouri 291. The officer pursued the car, which turned southbound at the Missouri River bridge and then west toward Sugar Creek.

The carjacker then turned into an industrial park near Kentucky Road and River Boulevard, drove off the road and stopped. At that point, the carjacker got out of the stolen car and began firing at the officer, said Tom Gentry, Independence police spokesman.

The Independence officer returned fire and the carjacker died at the scene. Neither the victim nor the officer was injured. The investigation is continuing.

To reach Brian Burnes, call 816-234-4120 or send email to bburnes@kcstar.com.

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