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Kansas City, Missouri, police officers shoot, kill armed man Sunday morning

KCPD OIS 4000 block of Myrtle
Posted at 10:47 AM, Mar 31, 2024
and last updated 2024-04-01 10:09:32-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Officers with the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department shot and killed an armed male early Sunday morning in the 4000 block of Myrtle Avenue.

Around 5:50 a.m., KCPD responded to the area on a call for help, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Officers located a man armed with a handgun in front of a nearby residence.

MSHP said the officers attempted to negotiate with the individual for "several minutes" to get him to drop the weapon.

"The subject presented the handgun in the direction of the officers on scene, at which time multiple officers fired their weapons," MSHP detailed in a news release.

The male was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

MSHP identified the man as 59-year-old Leo A. Dorch, of Kansas City, Missouri.

Tasha Davis, who has lived in the neighborhood for almost a year, told KSHB 41 the sound of gunshots near her home is common. However, something was different this time.

"But when I heard them this morning, it was real consistent and it was close, closer than usual," Davis said.

She said she hopes people can learn from the sad situation.

"I just want my neighborhood to be a little more safe," she said. "I don't plan on leaving [anytime] soon, but if it continues like this, then yeah, I'm out of here."

MSHP is investigating the shooting.

This is the second shooting involving law enforcement officers this weekend. Saturday night, two deputies with the Clay County Sheriff's Office and a Gladstone police officer were involved in a shooting that left a man dead.

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Annual homicide details and data for the Kansas City area are available through the KSHB 41 News Homicide Tracker, which was launched in 2015. Read the KSHB 41 News Mug Shot Policy.