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KCPD says officer critically injured July 2 upgraded to stable

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Posted at 4:39 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 17:39:08-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Missouri, police said Tuesday that the officer who was critically injured after being shot in the head July 2 has been upgraded to stable condition.

A police spokesman said the officer is no longer intubated after the weekend. A tracheostomy has assisted him with breathing.

Doctors continue to monitor his progress in neurological function and responsiveness, according to KCPD.

His vital signs remain in normal range, and ICU nurses said his assessed pain has continued to remain at comfortable levels.

The officer was in critical condition for more than a week after the shooting, which occurred near East 31st Street and Van Brunt Boulevard.

Witnesses said a Grandview man, 31-year-old Ky Johnson, was waving a gun and yelling in a parking lot. He opened fire while trying to flee from officers and struck the KCPD officer, who has not been identified at the request of family.

Johnson was killed in the exchange of gunfire.