Crime

Man claming to be a police officer breaks into Northland apartment

An man identifying himself as a police officer broke into a Kansas City, North apartment Wednesday afternoon, demanded money and fought with a resident.

The home invasion happened about 3:30 p.m. in the 6600 block of Northeast 39th Street.

Police were sent there on a call of gunshots being fired.

Officers were told that a home invasion and robbery had just been committed by a man claming to be a police officer.

The victims said they were watching television when the intruder broke through the front door and demanded money. They said he wore a badge and a shirt similar to police officers.

At one point, one of the victims noticed that the badge was fake and fought with the intruder. The gunman broke free, grabbed a set of keys to a pickup that belonged to one of the victims and fled.

A victim grabbed a handgun and chased the intruder outside. He fired several shots at the man as he sped away in the stolen pickup. The victim briefly followed the stolen pickup that was abandoned a short distance from the residence.

Police found a large amount of cash and drugs inside the truck and arrested the victim who had followed the stolen pickup. The intruder has not been located, police said.

Glenn E. Rice, grice@kcstar.com

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