1 dead in officer-involved shooting in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One person is dead in an officer-involved shooting in Kansas City, Mo.

The shooting occurred between 10th and 11th streets and Myrtle Avenue around 5:30 p.m. Friday. No officers were hurt.

Police say they were called out to the 4000 block of E. 11th Street just after 5 p.m. on report of a disturbance. While they were on the scene, they heard gun shots.

"As the officers were here investigating the call, they heard shots being fired," explained Sgt. Marisa Barnes, with the Kansas City Police Department. "When they approached the suspect, they observed him firing shots at a vehicle."

One male officer and one female officer were involved. They say they saw the man shooting at a van with at least four people inside.

"He was still firing as they engaged him," Barnes said. "I'm not sure if he exactly turned at them, but he was actively firing his weapon."

The responding officers are placed on routine paid leave until the investigation is complete.

Family members identified the man who was shot as 21-year-old Waylen Wealot.

His older sister, Elisha Garner, wishes police could have used other means to resolve the situation.

"I really just wish that they could have just done something else so that he could still be here with us," Garner said. "I really do miss him so much. I can't even sleep. I just want my brother back."

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