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Police chase from Northland into Wyandotte County leads to fatal shooting of suspect and I-35 traffic snarl

Police processed the scene on southbound Interstate 35 after a police pursuit Thursday ended in a crash on the highway near the 18th Street Expressway in Wyandotte County.
Police processed the scene on southbound Interstate 35 after a police pursuit Thursday ended in a crash on the highway near the 18th Street Expressway in Wyandotte County. rsugg@kcstar.com

Officers fatally shot a man fleeing from U.S. marshals Thursday morning on Interstate 35 in Kansas City, Kan., after a vehicle pursuit that started in Gladstone.

No officers were injured in the incident that left southbound Interstate 35 closed for several hours while law enforcement officials from multiple agencies processed the scene.

The man who was killed was a suspect in an ongoing federal investigation that involved the U.S. Marshals Service, Kansas City police and the FBI, according to FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton.

As part of the investigation, officers were preparing to serve a search warrant Thursday morning at a residence in Gladstone, Patton said. But before they could serve the search warrant, officers saw two people leaving the home who matched the descriptions of suspects they were investigating.

The two got in a vehicle, but when officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the suspects refused and sped off. That triggered a chase that led them through downtown Kansas City, where one suspect dashed out of the car while the other continued south on I-35. The suspect who ran on foot was arrested shortly afterward.

The car chase ended on the interstate just east of the 18th Street Expressway after the fleeing suspect’s vehicle lost a wheel, Patton said. The driver emerged from the car armed with a weapon. Gunshots were fired, Patton said, and the suspect was struck. He was rushed by ambulance to a hospital but was declared dead upon arrival.

Patton said it wasn’t immediately clear whether the suspect fired shots in the confrontation.

The man’s name was not released Thursday.

Patton wouldn’t describe what authorities were investigating with the search warrant they had planned to use in Gladstone.

Multiple agencies were involved in the incident, including local police departments, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the FBI and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Star’s Glenn E. Rice and Robert A. Cronkleton contributed to this report.

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