KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Court documents released Wednesday in the case against 26-year-old Dylan Ruffin – the man charged with firing shots toward a school, threatening law enforcement and who was later shot – revealed a chaotic scene that included at least one bullet found inside Highlands Elementary School in Mission, Kansas.
Ruffin, who will appear in court on Thursday, is facing three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer and discharging a gun into a building in connection with the March 2 incident.
According to the court documents, police located two shattered windows at the school and bullet holes in a car outside the school. That information, along with reports officers had visited a nearby residence the previous day , led them to Ruffin’s residence.
There, they found Ruffin’s mother and owner of the house, who told officers that her son was suicidal and was inside the house with a gun, but she didn’t think he had any bullets.
A short time later, court documents say, Ruffin came out of the house pointing a gun toward officers, prompting three officers to open fire on Ruffin, striking him in the leg.
In an interview after the shooting, Ruffin’s mother told police he had recently purchased an extended magazine for the gun and had been practicing at local gun ranges. His mother also told detectives her son had been abusing oxycodone, Xanax and heroin.
Earlier in the day before the shooting, Ruffin’s mother told police they had visited a methadone clinic. On the way home, Ruffin had asked to stop at a store to get more bullets, but his mother refused and drove home.
In an interview with detectives at the hospital as he was recovering from the shooting, Ruffin told police that he wished they had shot him in the head, according to court documents.