Officer-involved shooting leaves one dead in KCK

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting early Saturday morning.

Police responded to a call at 37th and Strong Avenue, in Kansas City, Kan., around 7 a.m. When they arrived, they found a male suspect, armed with a weapon. Police have not officially said what type of weapon it was; witnesses say the suspect had a bat.

According to a press release, the suspect, who has not yet been identified, lunged at officers. That's when police shot and killed him.

Those who live in the neighborhood tell 41 Action News' Lisa Benson that it all started when they woke up to the sound of busted windows and broken glass.

"He was walking around with a ball bat; just breaking windows," Bill Hayes said.  

Kristin Cornejo knows the suspect and says he's not a bad person and he's never been in trouble.

"I got a phone call this morning that he was flipping out, and he busted out his own windows of his own car with a bat," Cornejo said.

The path of destruction trails from 42nd to 37th Street.

"I am glad I slept through it, because if I would have woken up, I would have been upset and done something I probably would have regretted," Marcellas Hill said.

Hill woke up after his neighbor started banging on the door. He has two busted windows on the side of his house. It's unclear just how much the damage will cost. "I'll be calling the window people, getting an estimate and getting it fixed today," he said.

Police have not released the name of the officer involved in the shooting.

The situation is under investigation.

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