KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After three Kansas City police officers were shot Sunday investigating a person of interest in the July 6 murder of UMKC international graduate student Sharath Koppu, support came from all corners of the Twitterverse.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office was among the first to chime in, expressing gratitude that the KCPD officers were all expected to survive:
We’re thankful that the 3 @kcpolice officers who were shot today are expected to survive. Our thoughts are with those officers, their families, and our brothers and sisters in blue. 💙
— Clay County Sheriff (@SheriffClayCo) July 15, 2018
The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office also praised the officers, who put their lives on the line to apprehend a possible murder suspect:
Today, KCPD Officers faced incredible dangers while keeping us safe. 3 were injured. While we await further information, please keep the department and their families in your thoughts and prayers. These events demonstrate how very dangerous the job is for police.
— Jean Peters Baker (@jeanpetersbaker) July 15, 2018
New Missouri Gov. Mike Parson earlier sent a similar message through social media:
Our law enforcement officers face dangers every single day. We are grateful for the risks they face to keep us all safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of the @kcpolice department and their families. https://t.co/7opsNOuXmu
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) July 15, 2018
Kansas City, Kan., Police Chief Terry Ziegler was among the first to tweet in support of the injured Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department officers, but it came from all over the metro:
KCKPD sending prayers for the @kcpolice officers shot this afternoon & their families!
— Terry Zeigler (@KCKPDChief) July 15, 2018
— Jackson County, MO Sheriff's Office (@JCSheriffOffice) July 15, 2018
— Overland Park Police (@OverlandPark_PD) July 15, 2018
Thinking about our blue family @kcpolice this afternoon and hopeful for a speedy recovery of their wounded officers.
— Lenexa Police (@LenexaPolice) July 15, 2018
Encouragement also came from well beyond Kansas City:
— Oklahoma City Police (@OKCPD) July 15, 2018
Please keep your thoughts and prayers with @kcpolice. They had 3 officers shot today in the line of duty. At this point, the officers are at the hospital in stable condition. pic.twitter.com/MkIZQwtlIo
— Topeka Police (@Topeka_Police) July 15, 2018
Sending prayers to the Officers and their families. https://t.co/cK8b1witcn
— Wichita Police (@WichitaPolice) July 15, 2018
Three more officers were shot in Kansas City, Missouri, cops shot; gunman killed in standoff with police. We are praying for a speedy recovery for these three officers. #BacktheBlue 💙 #LivePDNation 🇺🇸 #ThinBlueLine #wegotyoursix @kcpolice pic.twitter.com/6J8qxsxa86
— #LivePDNation (@LivePDNation) July 15, 2018
KCPD also passed along its own note of thanks:
— Kansas City Police (@kcpolice) July 15, 2018