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Police search home of man who showed up to MSHP armed

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Posted at 10:30 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 23:41:17-05

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — Investigators are trying to figure out what led one man to show up with an assault rifle at the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop A Headquarters in Lee's Summit.

Though MSHP identified the suspect Tuesday, he has not been charged, which is why 41 Action News is not naming him.

The other time this suspect dealt with a trooper was more than one year ago when he received a traffic ticket in Cass County while working as a truck driver.

With the motive still unclear, law enforcement spent the day searching for clues.

Neighbors took photographs Tuesday morning of Kansas City, Missouri, police surrounding the 27-year-old suspect's home.

The massive law enforcement presence startled some families on this block.

"Once I had my kid dressed and the officers were inside the house, we attempted to go take him to school. And there was actually an armed officer right outside of our garage who ended up waving us back into the house, which caused this mama heart a little bit of a hiccup," Monica Kinde, a neighbor, said.

The scene Monday night also startled law enforcement. The suspect drove a family member's pick-up truck to Troop A headquarters in Lee's Summit armed with an assault rifle, according to MSHP.

"We have unarmed people in this building as well. And, and they didn't sign up to put themselves in any kind of harm's way. So this person was, was going to be preying upon them," Sgt. Bill Lowe, public information officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, said.

The patrol said the suspect opened fire before troopers shot him for refusing to drop the weapon. The suspect still was recovering Tuesday night in the hospital.

"This has never happened in the history of the highway patrol," Lowe said. "Nobody has ever come to one of our buildings and tried this."

41 Action News tried to speak to the suspect's family, but no one answered.

Law enforcement is confident an arrest warrant will be issued soon for the suspect.

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