Man charged for pointing gun at police outside Olathe restaurant

Officers shot man, who is expected to recover
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Posted at 10:08 AM, Jun 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-01 11:08:59-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man who was shot by police outside an Olathe restaurant last week has been charged with allegedly pointing a gun at officers.

Jesus Salazar III, 43, is charged in Johnson County District Court with one county of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and one count of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Olathe police said officers were called to the parking lot of Strip’s Chicken on East Santa Fe Street to check on a man in a car.

A witness reported Salazar "seemed out of it" as he sat in a vehicle parked outside the fast-food restaurant.

When officers approached Salazar, they saw he had a gun.

He refused to put the gun down, according to police, and at least one officer shot him in the lower abdomen.

Salazar was captured following a short foot chase.

No officers were injured in the incident and Salazar is expected to recover.

He is being held at the Johnson County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

Salazar’s first court appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

An independent team is investigating the shooting to determine whether officers were justified in using deadly force.

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