Man is charged with making a terroristic threat at Northland pharmacy

A 23-year-old Kansas City man is charged with kidnapping and making a terroristic threat after he allegedly held a person hostage Wednesday night at a Northland pharmacy before he was shot by police.

It was the third time this month that Kansas City police have been involved in a shooting in the Northland.

Brandon Sampson’s bond is set at $100,000.

According to court documents, Sampson entered the CVS store at Northeast Vivion Road and North Brighton Avenue about 9:35 p.m. Wednesday and threatened to kill everyone. He allegedly grabbed an employee and pulled her outside the store, where she was able to run away.

A Kansas City police officer, dispatched on a reported armed robbery, observed the situation. Sampson allegedly lunged at the officer with a pair of shears. The officer fired once with his patrol rifle, striking Sampson in the abdomen.

Sampson was in critical condition and unable to provide a statement, the court document said.

After the shooting, police found several other employees hiding near the back of the store. No officers or store employees were injured.

On Oct. 9, officers answering a domestic disturbance call shot and killed a man armed with a swordlike object in the 4200 block of Northwest 57th Terrace.

Two nights later, police were called to the 500 block of Northeast Greenfield Road after several people reported that shots were being fired. Officers saw a man armed with a gun. When he pointed the weapon toward them, he was fatally shot.

All three incidents are under investigation.

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