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KCPD officer shot in head remains stable, breathing on own

Posted at 4:29 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 17:30:00-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two weeks after being shot in the head, a Kansas City, Missouri, police officer remains in stable condition and can now breathe on his own, police said Friday.

Medical staff are encouraged by the officer’s progress, a police spokesman said in an update. The officer still has a tracheostomy in place but can breathe without assistance.

The officer, who was shot in the line of duty on July 2, also is progressing in his physical therapy and able to stand up using devices and assistance from others.

Doctors continue to monitor his progress in neurological functions and responsiveness. His vital signs remain within normal range.

The officer, whose name has not been released at the request of family, has been with the department for two years. He was shot and critically injured while responding to reports of an erratic man yelling and waving a gun near near East 31st Street and Van Brunt Boulevard.

The suspect, 31-year-old Ky Johnson, was shot and killed in the exchange of gunfire.