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Man's shooting death in KCMO being investigated as homicide

Posted at 4:01 AM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 13:03:21-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Missouri, police were investigating a homicide in the 2700 block of Benton Boulevard on Monday morning after initially calling it a death investigation.

Police said they were dispatched on a disturbance call shortly after 1 a.m. When officers arrived, they found a man unresponsive near a home.

The man, later identified as 31-year-old Derrick Smith, was given first aid and taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police said Smith suffered a gunshot wound, and detectives were investigating his death as a homicide.

Police do not know what led up to his death, and investigators were searching the area for any witnesses or information.

Any with details about what happened should call the KCPD Homicide Unit at 816-234-5043 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477. A reward of up to $25,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.