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Man shot by Kansas City police allegedly pulled gun on officers

The intersection of 72nd Street and Prospect Avenue on Sunday, following an overnight officer-involved shooting.
The intersection of 72nd Street and Prospect Avenue on Sunday, following an overnight officer-involved shooting. jsleezer@kcstar.com

An 18-year-old Kansas City man was charged late Sunday with assault on a law enforcement officer for allegedly pulling a gun on police investigating a disturbance.

The Jackson County prosecutor has also charged Jamil Jackson with second-degree armed criminal action.

Jackson was shot by police early Sunday after he allegedly reached into his pocket and raised a handgun toward the officer.

Kansas City police say shots were fired in the direction of officers early Sunday after police shot Jackson and used a stun gun on another who acted aggressively.

According to court documents:

Police were investigating a disturbance involving a weapon at the Shell Gas Station at Gregory Boulevard and Prospect Avenue.

When officers arrived, witnesses told police that the parties involved left the area. While officers searched the area, they heard shots being fired to the south.

Officers headed south on Wabash Avenue and as they approached 72nd Street, they saw a large crowd gathering in an empty parking lot.

One officer said that as he exited his vehicle, the crowd started running toward police. The officer saw Jackson with a black handgun with a wood-grain grip.

The officer ordered Jackson to drop the weapon and show his hands. Jackson placed the gun in his right front pocket with the grip protruding from the pocket and still visible.

Jackson allegedly turned toward the officer and made several movements as if he was going to pull the handgun from his pocket.

The officer told Jackson to show his hands. Jackson then allegedly reached into his pocket, pulled the gun out and began to raise it at the officer.

The officer fired two shots, striking Jackson in the abdomen.

According to court documents, one of the officers applied pressure to the wound and requested an ambulance to take him to a hospital.

Police said that while officers were administering first aid and trying to control the crowd, another man “approached the officers aggressively and refused to back up,” according to a statement by police spokeswoman Kari D. Thompson. Officers used a stun gun to disable the man and took him into custody.

Then, police said, “numerous shots” were fired in the direction of the officers, forcing them to take cover along with Jackson and the other man in custody. The officers were not injured.

Police said Jackson was in critical condition, but a police spokeswoman said Sunday it appeared he would recover.

A short time later, another man with a gunshot wound arrived at an area hospital. He told police he had been at a club near the disturbance. Police believe that shooting happened at 72nd Street and Prospect Avenue and that those were the shots that originally caught their attention. That gunshot victim was said to be in critical but stable condition.

Police Chief Darryl Forté tweeted from the scene early Sunday:

The area was quiet later Sunday morning. Remnants of yellow crime scene tape fluttered in the wind. Fliers reading “Stop the killing” were tacked onto utility poles.

Some people at an auto shop on Prospect Avenue said they were unaware of the incidents. There are several churches in the area, but there was no worship activity Sunday morning. A mobile phone store on the corner of 72nd and Prospect Avenue has several surveillance cameras that may have captured some of the incident on video. It was not immediately clear whether police had dashcam images of what happened.

A man who lives nearby said he was puzzled by the police account that a large crowd had gathered. That is not common in that area, he said.

A man was shot and killed earlier this month a block to the north at Prospect Avenue and Gregory Boulevard. A 2-year-old child was also shot and critically wounded in what police said was a drug deal gone bad in the parking lot of a chicken restaurant.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (474-8477).

Matt Campbell: 816-234-4902, @MattCampbellKC

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