Olathe PD: One suspect shot by police, one remains at-large in attempted robbery

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Posted at 3:24 PM, Mar 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-31 22:33:52-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An Olathe police officer wounded a robbery suspect Sunday afternoon in the 15900 block of West 127th Street.

Police were called to the Wingfield Apartments around 1:40 p.m. to investigate an armed disturbance.

The shooting suspect and another suspect fled on foot after firing shots during an attempted robbery, the Olathe Police Department.

The victim was not injured by the gunfire.

During the subsequent search, an Olathe officer encountered the shooting suspect, who opened fire at the officer. The officer returned fire and struck the shooting suspect, who was treated at a local hospital after suffering non-life-threatening injuries.

After receiving medical attention, the shooting suspect was booked at the Johnson County Adult Detention Center on suspicion of attempted homicide and attempted homicide of a law enforcement officer, the Olathe police said in a release.

No officers were injured during the incident, which is being investigated by the Johnson County Multi-Jurisdictional Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team.

Multiple additional agencies — including the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Overland Park police and Lenexa police — helped Olathe officers set up a perimeter in the search for the second subject, a black male suspect wearing a red sweatshirt and dark sweatpants.

That subject has not been located.

The Olathe officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, a standard procedural move, and the Johnson County Crime Lab processed the scene.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Olathe PD at 913-971-6590 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

The Wingfield Apartments are located south of Frontier Pool on the south side of 127th Street, roughly a half-mile from Pioneer Trail Middle School.

Olathe Police Sgt. Logan Bonneyissued a warning to 15 neighborhoods through, advising that “numerous area law enforcement agencies” are searching for a “possibly armed” subject in the area and asking residents to stay inside and lock their doors.

Shortly after 4 p.m., Bonney provided an update that police had "exhausted the search area" without locating the second subject.

It wasn't immediately clear if either suspect in the attempted robbery/officer-involved shooting are connected to a homicide that occurred Friday roughly 1 1/2 miles away.

Rowan Padgett, a 17-year-old from Overland Park, was shot and killed Friday in the 12300 block of South Mullen Court.

Police announced around 11:40 a.m. that Matthew “MattMatt” Bibee Jr., 18, was being sought in connection with Padgett’s murder.

Olathe police subsequently announced that Bibee was in custody around 5 p.m.