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KCPD officers shoot, kill 1 in felony traffic stop, MSHP says

OIS Admiral Boulevard 10-23-20
Posted at 12:47 PM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 22:34:21-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, 9:19 p.m. | The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the man in this shooting incident as 26-year-old Ennice Ross Jr.

ORIGINAL STORY | A man was struck and killed by Kansas City, Missouri, police on Friday afternoon, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The shooting occurred following a felony traffic stop around 12:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Admiral Boulevard near Tracy Avenue. A spokesman for the highway patrol, which now reviews all shootings involving KCPD officers, said the person who was shot and killed is believed to be a homicide suspect.

Because it was a felony stop, KCPD had multiple officers giving commands to those inside the car. Everyone in the vehicle complied with officers except for the man believed to be a homicide suspect, who allegedly pulled out a gun and fired at officers.

At least one of the shots fired by the suspect hit a KCPD patrol car. Four officers returned fire, striking the man, according to the highway patrol.

He was treated at the scene and transported to an area hospital. MSHP did not know whether he died at the scene or the hospital.

No officers were injured in the exchange, according to KCPD Sgt. Jake Becchina.

The scene on Admiral Boulevard was "stable" shortly before 1 p.m., Becchina said.

MSHP planned to remain at the scene Friday afternoon to process evidence and interview any witnesses.

Kansas City resident Paul Rosales said he was in his apartment close to where the shooting happened when he heard the gunshots.

"Between 10 and 15 shots went off, it was very rapid," Rosales said.

Rosales said the gunshots were so loud he initially thought it was happening inside his apartment building so he stayed inside. After a few minutes went by he looked outside to see a swarm of police cars.

"This was immediate, within two minutes maybe you probably had 20 police cars in the area and I was like wow it was a very appropriate response for what was happening," Rosales said.

Rosales described the car as having bullet holes all over it with the glass shot out.

"I've never seen so many bullet holes," he said.

The highway patrol now has investigated six shootings involving KCPD officers since the city began requiring an outside agency to investigate in the wake of the George Floyd shooting in Minneapolis.

Three of the six shootings investigated by MSHP have been fatal, including the one on Friday.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.