KCK detective shot near casino near Speedway

A Kansas City, Kan., police detective has been shot near the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., according to police.

The shooting happened about 12:20 p.m. May 9 outside the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., according to Officer P.J. McCallop, police spokesman.

Officers were searching for a person of interest, Curtis Ayers, 28, in connection with the shooting, according to Officer McCallop.

He said a police detective was shot multiple times after he responded to assist an officer with reports of a suspicious person near 110th and Village West Parkway. The suspect ran through a field, the detective made contact with him from his vehicle, the suspect approached the vehicle and began shooting at him, he said. The officer was Life-Flighted to a hospital, and at last report, was in surgery.

The shooting was on a grassy area in front of the south side of the casino.

The person of interest was suspected in a carjacking near 118th and State, with two children in the car, Officer McCallop said.

Then the person of interest traveled to Basehor, dropped off the kids, abandoned the vehicle, and carjacked another vehicle there, he said. That vehicle was a silver Ford Focus.

The Bonner Springs schools went on lockdown during the incident, and that lockdown since has been lifted.

Latest reports are that the person suspected of shooting the detective has been shot by police on the Missouri side of the Kansas City area. A police spokesman said the suspect was taken to the hospital.

Police believe the suspect carjacked three vehicles in all.

The area around the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway was a crime scene today, with officers stationed at various roads around it after a police detective was shot. (Staff photo)
The area around the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway was a crime scene today, with officers stationed at various roads around it after a police detective was shot. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Police gathered outside the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway today to investigate the shooting of a police detective. (Staff photo)
Police gathered outside the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway today to investigate the shooting of a police detective. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Police gathered outside the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway today to investigate the shooting of a police detective. (Staff photo)
Police gathered outside the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway today to investigate the shooting of a police detective. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Police gathered outside the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway today to investigate the shooting of a police detective. (Staff photo)
Police gathered outside the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway today to investigate the shooting of a police detective. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

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