RAYTOWN, Mo. - An officer shot and killed a gunman after he challenged the officer with a rifle in Raytown Thursday afternoon, according to police.
Around 3 p.m, officers were called to 79th Street and Manning Avenue, just south of the Mount Olivet Cemetery, on a report of a man threatening his roommate with a rifle.
When officers arrived at the scene, they were confronted outside the home by a man carrying a rifle. Police later identified the gunman as 26-year-old Robert Long of Raytown, Mo.
According to Raytown police, an officer shot Long after he challenged the officer with the rifle.
Brian Hendrickson witnessed the shooting from his driveway across the street.
"[Police] were yelling to get down, drop the gun. He didn't drop the gun, so they took a shot," Hendrickson said. "I saw him cross the driveway, rest his gun on the house over there and take the shot."
The officer shot Long once. Police took Long into custody and transported him to an area hospital. He later died as a result of his gunshot wound.
Police said Long started drinking at 7 a.m. Police said he went to a nearby bar with a friend at 10 a.m. They were thrown-out of the bar around 1 p.m. Police said the pair tried to get back into the bar, so managers called police.
Police said, when officers arrived, they noticed that Long was intoxicated, so they offered to take Long home.
After the officers dropped Long off, police said neighbors reported seeing Long in his front yard with a pistol. Police said neighbors saw Long fire one shot towards his house.
Long's roommate returned home soon after, and Long began threatening his roommate, according to police. The roommate called police then left the house, while Long stayed on the phone with officers.
"He was telling them that his roommate was out of the house and that he was in the house alone, and that he intended to shoot anyone that approached the house," Raytown Police Capt. Ted Bowman said.
According to Long’s Facebook page, he served in the Navy as a medic.
Police told NBC Action News Long was between deployments. However, they don't think his upcoming deployment was causing him stress.
Long leaves behind his wife Febe and their 3-year-old daughter Ava.
The officer who shot Long was placed on procedural administrative leave immediately after the incident.
The shooting remains under investigation.
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