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Armed disturbance leads to fatal KCPD officer-involved shooting

Disturbance leads to officer involved shooting, man's death
Posted at 9:28 AM, May 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-26 19:53:28-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A disturbance Sunday morning in the 7000 block of Bellefontaine Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, led to a fatal officer-involved shooting.

Officers were called to the scene of a domestic violence disturbance involving a handgun around 12:30 a.m.

"The calling party relayed quite a chaotic scene," KCPD Sgt. Jake Becchina said. "They said there were several people out in the street fighting."

Multiple callers had told KCPD dispatch that a possibly armed man forced his way into a home. One reporting party said the man kidnapped her husband and took their car.

Three officers were dispatched to the scene and determined that an armed encounter had occurred.

The husband was able to fight off the suspect, who fled the scene in the stolen vehicle.

With two of the three officers having left the scene to search for the suspect and stolen vehicle, the suspect — identified Sunday evening Terrance Bridges, 30 — returned.

"The initial officer that was there by himself tried to take that subject into custody," Becchina said. "At that point, he ran from the officer and resisted attempts to be taken into custody."

The officer caught the suspect just south of the location of the initial disturbance, where a struggle ensued and the officer wound up shooting the man.

"Officers rendered first aid to the subject and EMS responded here to the scene," Becchina said. "They transported him to the hospital, where he was declared deceased by medical personal at the hospital."

The officer was not injured in the struggle.

This is KCPD's second officer-involved shooting in 2019. There were 15 officer-involved shootings, including more than a half-dozen that were fatal, in 2018.

Detectives were interviewing witnesses and crime scene personnel were processing the scene to better understand the circumstances of the initial disturbance and subsequent shooting.

Per KCPD policy, the officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

Gregory Boulevard was temporarily closed from Agnes to Walrond avenues during the investigation.

Police detectives and representatives of the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office "have been in touch with his family and next of kin, explained the basic facts as we know them and answered their questions," according to a statement from KCPD.

Detectives have interviewed multiple witnesses, but encourage anyone who "saw anything that they believe could be relevant" to contact KCPD at 816-234-5043.