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Kansas troopers involved in shooting on Turnpike

Kansas Highway Patrol
Posted at 5:51 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 12:35:03-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas Highway Patrol officer shot a man who fled from police during an attempted traffic stop on Thursday evening, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Around 7:45 p.m., a trooper spotted a stolen tag on a black Chevrolet pickup in Douglas County along the Kansas Turnpike. When the trooper attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver refused, and a pursuit began, according to the KBI.

The driver of the pickup drove west on the turnpike toward Topeka. Troopers used tire deflation devices to flatten the vehicle’s tires. The man continued driving, and troopers used a tactical vehicle intervention to stop the vehicle, the KBI said.

The driver then hit a concrete divider, causing the vehicle to stop in the westbound lane. The pickup then “rammed the KHP patrol car, and one trooper fired multiple shots,” the KBI said.

The man was grazed by one of the bullets and taken to an area hospital for minor injuries.

The trooper also went to the hospital and was later released. Both the suspect and trooper are expected to recover.

The officer-involved shooting occurred near mile marker 180 in Shawnee County.

The driver of the pickup was booked into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections, according to the KBI. It was not immediately clear whether he had been charged in connection with the incident.

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The KBI is investigating the shooting. The trooper involved has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues, which is standard procedure.