Police officer shot during KCMO standoff

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City police officer was shot on the city's northeast side Thursday morning.

It happened near the intersection of Saida and N. Oakley Avenue around 10:45 a.m.

Authorities said fugitive apprehension detectives went to the house on North Lawndale looking for a man wanted on a Platte County warrant. Shots were fired from inside the house, prompting officers to exchange fire. Someone called in a tip to detectives that the suspect did not live in the home, but was hiding there.

The suspect has been identified as Joel Bravard, a person of interest in the investigation into a slain teen.

One officer, a 15-year veteran of the department, was hit in the leg. His injuries are minor.

Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte said the alleged shooter was barricaded in the home. Authorities set up a command post at St. John Avenue and Belmont Boulevard .

Captain Tye Grant said when the SWAT team entered the home around 1 p.m., the suspect was found on the floor with life-threatening injuries.

"I know that they took up positions of cover for a while and waited to be extracted from the area," Grant said. "So he wasn't able to get medical attention immediately. That was something they waited until it was safer to get him as well as the other officers out of there."

Neighbors said they heard the shots and then three hours later, the sirens that ended it.

"This neighborhood is getting ridiculous, you can't even let your kids play outside anymore," neighbor George Tracy said.


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