MSHP: Troop A shooting incident unprecedented in MSHP history

Sgt. Bill Lowe
Posted at 3:28 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 16:37:03-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Monday night shooting at the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop A headquarters in Lee's Summit was the first of its kind in Missouri.

"This has never happened, in the history of the highway patrol nobody has ever come to one of our building and tried this," MSHP Sgt. Bill Lowe said during a press briefing on Tuesday.

However, Lowe said all the troopers and staff involved responded appropriately to an active-shooter incident.

"We're used to training to go into another building, not our own, but it didn't matter they fell back on their training and they did what they were supposed to do," Lowe said.

The incident started when a trooper entering the parking lot spotted a suspicious car parked in the employees parking lot and notified others in the building.

"It is normally a place where employees park, but at that time at night it just looked odd and out of place," Lowe said.

Shortly after the suspect, 27-year-old Tayland Rahim, exited his brother's truck with an assault rifle and fired a round in back side of the building.

Two other troopers then responded from inside the building after hearing the shot.

Rahim allegedly pursued the first trooper, and they exchanged gunfire. The trooper eventually struck Rahim in the exchange.

After searching a home in Gladstone where Rahim lives, MSHP found three other guns and several rounds of ammunition.

On Monday, MSHP said the suspect's vehicle had a suspicious-looking package inside. The Lee's Summit Police Department bomb squad responded and secured the contents.

As of Tuesday, the MSHP still did not say what was in the package.

MSHP said it doesn't know when charges against Rahim will be filed.

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