KCPD officer shot last week remains in critical condition

Posted at 5:22 PM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 18:22:14-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Missouri, police officer who was shot in the head July 2 by a Grandview man near East 31st Street and Van Brunt Boulevard remains in critical condition at an area hospital.

KCPD said Friday that the officer, who has not been identified at the family’s request, remains in critical condition, though he has been reacting to stimulus.

“Critical care doctors will continue to closely monitor him in the ICU and ensure continued healing,” KCPD said in a statement.

Witnesses said 31-year-old Ky Johnson was waving a gun and yelling in a parking lot. He fled from responding officers and opened fire, striking the KCPD officer.

Johnson was subsequently killed when officers returned fire.

KCPD Chief of Police Rick Smith said the officer who was shot has been with the department for two years.

“ICU nursing staff advised his assessed pain has remained at comfortable levels and vital signs remain within normal range,” KCPD said Friday.

The next update is planned for next week.

Earlier on July 2, another KCPD officer and a RideKC bus driver were shot by a robbery suspect near Independence and Hardesty avenues. The officer in that incident was treated and released from the hospital that same day.