Armed man shot and killed by Kansas City, Kansas officer Friday evening, police say
A man allegedly armed with a gun was shot and killed by a Kansas City, Kansas police officer on Friday evening.
The shooting unfolded after officers with Kansas City, Kansas police were first called around 5:45 p.m. to a home in the 5400 block of Haskell Avenue on a reported drug overdose. A man and woman there were found unresponsive and taken away by ambulance.
Officers at the scene saw another man fleeing the house on a bicycle when they arrived, information that was relayed over police radio. Other officers responded to the area to assist with finding him.
A few blocks away, near 52nd Street and Georgia Avenue, a police officer spotted a man who matched the description, said Officer Donna Drake with the Kansas City Police Department, which is handling the investigation. That officer attempted to stop him, an “exchange of some sort” followed, and the officer fired at the man, Drake said.
No officers were injured. Only one officer fired a weapon Friday evening, Drake said.
At the time of the shooting, Drake said, the man had a firearm in his possession. It was recovered from the scene, she said.
After the shooting, Drake said, officers rendered medical aid to the man until other emergency personnel arrived to take over. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Since fall of 2022, the Kansas City Police Department has investigated use-of-force cases involving Kansas City, Kansas officers as part of an agreement between the two agencies.
On Friday night, Kansas City homicide detectives were on scene to look for any potential witnesses. Crime scene personnel were also called out to search the area for evidence — a “slow and methodical” process, Drake said.
“Once we’ve released the scene, there’s really no going back,” Drake said, adding: “So we’re going to take the time that it requires to get everything that we need.”
Further details, including whether the man threatened the officer with the weapon or precisely where his gun was found, were not disclosed Friday night. Drake said those details were part of the department’s ongoing investigation.
The case will be sent to the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office once KCPD has completed its investigation, Drake said.
Under KCKPD policy, police officers who apply deadly force are automatically placed on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation.