KCPD shoots, kills man armed with gun

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Police are investigating Sunday morning's deadly officer-involved shooting.

Officers responded to Independence and Myrtle avenues at about 4:45 a.m. to check on reports of a suspicious person with a gun.

Officers caught up with the suspect, 28-year-old Eugene Turner III, near Sixth Street and Myrtle. Police said he fired several rounds at officers before they fired back and killed the suspect.

Authorities said it is unknown why he was walking the streets carrying a gun.

Police cleared the scene about 1:30 p.m. after spending more than eight hours processing the scene. 

Residents are trying to make sense of what they saw and heard.

“I heard a pop, pop then pow, pow, pow,” said James Nevels, who heard gunfire.

Nevels said two different weapons fired in front of his northeast Kansas City home as he sat in the window.

He's lived near Sixth and Myrtle for more than 30 years, but this is the first time he's heard gunfire and then saw a man's body lying in the street.

Witnesses report hearing more than 10 shots before police blocked off the neighborhood.

Turner's family was overwhelmed as they saw their loved one lying. His sister asked us to conceal her identity.

“The police told me they got a phone call about a disturbance at a party, with a guy armed and dangerous,” said Turner’s sister. “That's ridiculous. They didn't have to do that to him. They did not have to shoot him like that.”

Police towed at least three cars from the scene with bullet holes.  

The two officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave, which is normal procedure in all officer-involved shootings, according to police.

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