KCI officer shot Friday morning, KCPD investigating

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Posted at 6:24 AM, Dec 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-16 12:28:43-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department is investigating an incident Friday morning in which a police officer with the Kansas City International Airport was shot.

Around 4:45 a.m., officers responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle in a satellite airport economy lot, away from the terminals.

When officers attempted to make contact with the two people inside the vehicle, the driver fled. A short chase ensued.

The pursuit ended in a crash near Bern Street and Cookingham Drive by KCI.

An airport officer received minor injuries in the crash.

Additional KCI Airport Police personnel arrived to the scene of the crash to assist in taking the two in the suspect vehicle, an adult man and an adult woman, into custody.

In working to place the two into the police cars, a struggle ensued between one of the suspects and a backup officer.

During the struggle, the officer was shot in the leg and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, per KCPD.

Both officers are in the hospital and are expected to be OK.

The suspects were not injured and remain in police custody.

KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas took to social media to thank the involved officers and wish them well in their recovery.

While authorities investigated, Bern Street was shut down. Cookingham remained open throughout the morning and did not disrupt traffic en route to terminals.

An airport spokesperson says this is the first shooting involving a KCI police officer.

Further investigation into the incident will be handled by KCPD.