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KCPD officer shoots man near Swope Parkway after 'violent incident'

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Posted at 2:31 PM, Sep 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-26 19:26:10-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man suffered non-life threatening injuries after being shot Saturday afternoon by a Kansas City, Missouri, police officer.

The shooting occurred in the area of East 63rd Street and Swope Parkway following a "violent incident" at an area residence that led to a vehicle pursuit and a foot chase, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe.

Around 12:19 p.m., KCPD officers responded to the 7600 block of Monroe on a disturbance involving a person armed with a weapon, according to KCPD Public Information Officer Doaa El-Ashkar.

When officers arrived on scene, they were told the suspect, a man in his 30s, had left the scene, Lowe said.

Officers identified the suspect vehicle and began a pursuit that ended with a crash at East 63rd Street and Swope Parkway. At that time, according to Lowe, the suspect fled on foot and officers "gave chase."

The suspect ran in between two homes near the end of a fence-lined area and was "digging around in his waistband," Lowe said.

"The officer ordered them to show his hands," Lowe said. "The suspect failed to comply, did not comply to that order. And in doing so, he turned around towards the officer and directed a black object towards the officer. The officer feared for his life, fired his weapon and struck the suspect."

The officer was not injured, and investigators recovered a handgun at the scene, according to Lowe.

No civilians were injured during the pursuit or foot chase.

Jackson County, Missouri, Sheriff Darryl Forte was on scene and tweeted that a sergeant with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office was in the area and responded to the scene.

MSHP will investigate the officer's shooting, while KCPD will continue to investigate the original disturbance call.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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