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KCPD officer shoots, kills homicide suspect in killing of teens

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Posted at 6:35 PM, May 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-02 00:40:43-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Missouri, police officer investigating a deadly double shooting from one evening earlier shot and killed a homicide suspect Saturday near the Pendleton Heights Neighborhood.

The deadly encounter happened shortly before 6:15 p.m. near East Missouri Avenue and Maple Boulevard.

According to Sgt. Andy Bell with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which is investigating the police shooting, KCPD officers approached 25-year-old Hanad Abdiaziz, who was identified earlier in the day as the suspect in the murder of two teens Friday night near East Eighth and Olive streets.

Abdiaziz allegedly pulled a short-barreled rifle and opened fire on officers. One KCPD officer returned fire, striking and killing Abdiaziz.

No law enforcement were injured in the exchange.

Abdiaziz was transported to Truman Medical Center, but he died.

Law enforcement did not initially identify Abdiaziz, pending notification of his family.

Bell said police were in the area as part of the continuing investigation into the murder of 16-year-old Abdulwahid Abdulaziz and 15-year-old Abdirahman Abdulaziz, teen brothers who were gunned down around 11:30 p.m. Friday after leaving a late-night Ramadan service.

Investigators with the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control are conducting the investigation in accordance with KCPD’s year-old policy to have an outside agency handle shooting incidents involving its officers.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.

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