Police release more details about officer-involved shooting on South 71st Terrace

Kansas City, Kansas, police have released more details about the officer-involved shooting at 7:40 a.m. Monday, May 25, in the 600 block of South 71st Terrace.

According to a police spokesman, the officers went to the apartment complex in a self-initiated check in a public access lot.

The officers located a confirmed stolen vehicle out of Leavenworth that was parked in the lot, according to police. The auto was not occupied. While they were investigating the stolen auto, officers were approached by a tenant who told police about an armed disturbance, according to the report. A suspect was described as a man with a gun.

A male suspect about 30 to 35 years old entered the stolen vehicle and tried to flee, according to the police spokesman.

In an attempt to subdue the suspect, an officer deployed a taser, but was ineffective, according to the police spokesman. The suspect then drove toward one officer who was in front of the stolen vehicle, the spokesman stated.

The police spokesman stated that the officer was in fear of his life and discharged his weapon. The other officer also discharged his weapon.

The suspect got out of the vehicle and tried to flee on foot by entering an apartment building, police stated. Officers then deployed a taser strike at the suspect, which worked that time, and the suspect was taken into custody, according to the spokesman.

EMS was contacted and the suspect was taken to a hospital for medical treatment.

A spokesman for the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department stated the officers will be placed on immediate paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

The incident is under investigation by the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, with the assistance of the Topeka Police Department.

Police asked anyone with information to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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