Police have identified a 25-year-old carjacking suspect who was fatally wounded as he allegedly exchanged gunfire with officers Sunday morning in Kansas City, Kansas.
Dario Dominguez, of Kansas City, Kansas, died at a hospital after he was struck in the exchange of gunfire about 11:47 a.m. at 18th Street and Parallel Parkway, according to the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department.
Nearly 20 minutes earlier, Kansas City, Missouri, officers tried to pull over a Ford Expedition identified in an armed carjacking that occurred Thursday in Kansas City, Kansas. They tried to stop it, but Dominguez did not yield, so officers began a pursuit, police said.
The chase went into Kansas City, Kansas, and ended when the suspect’s SUV crashed behind a convenience store. Footage captured by officers’ body and dash cameras showed Dominguez ran west toward 18th Street with a handgun, police said.
Dominguez turned and shot at officers, who returned fire and struck him, said Nancy Chartrand, a police spokeswoman in Kansas City, Kansas. He was critically wounded and later died.
The officers involved in the shooting, who have not been publicly identified, were placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation, as is protocol. None were injured in the exchange of gunfire.
It remained unclear how many of the five officers present fired their weapons. Chartrand said Sunday night it’s “to be determined” if video footage of the shooting will be made publicly available.
The last time a Kansas City, Kansas officer was involved in a shooting was in December, police said.
In February, Kansas City, Kansas, police announce they would roll out body cameras to all officers who work with the public. At this point, Chartrand, the cameras have “corroborated” statements made by the officers in Sunday’s shooting.
Among those gathered Sunday at the crime scene was Lisa Walker-Yeager, a candidate for 1st district commissioner in Wyandotte County. She said she hoped footage of the shooting would be released to the public.
“We need to have transparency,” Walker-Yeager said.
The killing marked the 13th this year in Kansas City, Kansas, according to data maintained by The Star, which includes fatal police shootings. By this time last year, the city had recorded 24 homicides.