Crime

Charges filed after car hits officers in Overland Park

Verton Tyrone Gee Sr. of Mission is accused of theft and hitting two police officers with a car Sunday in Overland Park.
Verton Tyrone Gee Sr. of Mission is accused of theft and hitting two police officers with a car Sunday in Overland Park. Courtesy of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office

Prosecutors accused a 59-year-old Mission man Monday of using a car to strike two police officers Sunday in Overland Park.

Neither officer was hurt seriously.

Verton Tyrone Gee Sr. was charged in Johnson County District Court with two felony counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. He also was charged with theft.

According to Overland Park police, officers were called Sunday afternoon to the Wal-Mart at 117th Street and Metcalf Avenue on a reported shoplifting.

An Overland Park officer chased a person on foot, and an off-duty Lenexa officer stepped in to assist him, police said.

The person got into a car. The officers were trying to prevent him from leaving when the car backed up, knocking both officers to the pavement.

Other officers stopped the car a few minutes later and arrested Gee.

A judge set his bond at $250,000.

According to court records, Gee was charged after a similar incident in 2006 when he drove a car toward a Mission police officer. He was convicted of attempted aggravated assault and sentenced to a year and four months in prison, according to the records.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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