Kansas City man fatally shot by police in the Northland is identified

A man fatally shot by Kansas City police Saturday night was identified Thursday as Shannon P. Bryant, 40, of Kansas City.

Bryant allegedly pointed a gun at officers before they shot him about 9 p.m. Saturday in the 500 block of Northeast Greenfield Road.

Officers were called to the area after receiving multiple reports of shots being fired. One person reported that a shot struck their vehicle as they backed out of their driveway, police said.

Another caller notified police that there was a suicidal person in the 500 block of Northeast Greenfield Road.

Three officers answering the call found Bryant armed with a gun. When he pointed it at the officers, all three fired, police said. Bryant died at the scene.

Following policy, all three officers were placed on administrative leave.

According to Clay County court records, Bryant’s marriage had been dissolved two days before the incident.

His wife filed for the dissolution Aug. 22, according to the court records. The action was uncontested, the records show, and was granted Thursday.

Karen Warner, the attorney for Bryant’s wife, said it would be inappropriate for her to comment.

“It’s just a tragedy,” she said.

The fatal shooting was the second within a week involving Kansas City police in the Northland.

On Oct. 8, a 28-year-old man wielding a swordlike object was killed in the 4200 block of Northwest 57th Terrace. Police identified him as 28-year-old Ymauo Erwin.

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