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KCPD officer shot in head July 2 discharged from hospital

Officer will continue treatment out of state
Posted at 1:16 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 14:21:49-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Missouri, police officer who was shot in the head earlier this month was discharged from the hospital on Thursday morning and will continue his treatment out of state.

A spokesman for the police department said the officer, whose name has not been released at the request of his family, was released from Truman Medical Center around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

He was being transferred to an out-of-state rehabilitation facility that focuses on brain injury and neurological rehabilitation and recovery.

The officer, who has been with the department for two years, was critically injured on July 2 while responding to reports of an erratic man waving a weapon in a parking lot near East 31st Street and Van Brunt Boulevard.

The suspect, 31-year-old Ky Johnson of Grandview, opened fire and struck the KCPD officer in the head, police said. Johnson was killed in the exchange of gunfire.

The injured officer was in critical condition for nearly two weeks before his condition stabilized. According to police, medical staff have been encouraged by his progress, and the officer can now breathe on his own and stand up with assistance.