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Man shot by police during drug buy charged with range of crimes

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Posted at 6:48 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 19:48:53-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The man shot by police Monday as part of a narcotics investigation outside a downtown Kansas City, Missouri, liquor store has been charged with a range of alleged crimes.

The Jackson County Prosecutor’s office announced Wednesday that Kenyon Harrington, 30, of KCMO had been charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

Harrington sold cocaine to an undercover narcotics detective twice — July 10 in the 4800 block of Independence Avenue and July 15 in the 5400 block of Lydia Avenue. “Keyys,” which is how he identified himself, also provided a sample of marijuana during the second transaction, according to court records.

The detective set up a third cocaine buy for July 22 at Grand Slam Liquors on the corner of Sixth and McGee streets.

When a tactical unit moved in to arrest Harrington, he attempted to flee by driving his Nissan Maxima into police vehicles.

After the car became disabled, Harrington emerged from the car with a .45-caliber handgun, which he pointed in the direction of officers, at which time he was shot.

Harrington was taken to a local hospital for treatment, where he remains as he recovers from his gunshot wounds.

Police seized $541, which included some of the pre-recorded “buy money” used by the undercover detective, from Harrington.

After obtaining a warrant for Harrington’s car, police found four bags containing suspected narcotics. Two contained a total of more than 18 grams of cocaine, one had more than 4.7 grams of cocaine and heroin and one contained 0.4 grams of methamphetamine, according to court records.