Crime

Police officer shoots bank robbery suspect in downtown Kansas City

Kansas City police investigated the scene of a police shooting Friday on Main Street in downtown Kansas City.
Kansas City police investigated the scene of a police shooting Friday on Main Street in downtown Kansas City. The Kansas City Star

A Kansas City police officer shot a person suspected in a bank robbery in downtown Kansas City on Friday afternoon.

The man, described as being about 30 years old, was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

The shooting occurred shortly after a 4:10 p.m. robbery at the Commerce Bank at 922 Walnut St.

Two police officers then observed an attempted carjacking in the area about 4:15 p.m. and approached the carjacker, who matched the description of the bank robber. At least one of the officers shot the man.

A police spokeswoman said officials were trying to determine exactly what happened and said more information would be released later.

The incidents caused police to block several intersections between Walnut and Main streets and between 10th and 12th streets, inconveniencing office workers and commuters.

FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said in a statement that the robber entered the bank carrying a black duffel bag and demanded cash while threatening to detonate an explosive device.

The robber then fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, Patton said. The duffel bag was left near the bank.

The Kansas City police bomb and arson squad was called to investigate the bag. They performed a controlled detonation as a precaution.

To reach Matt Campbell, call 816-234-4902 or send email to mcampbell@kcstar.com.

  Comments