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Suspect charged after shots fired near Highlands Elementary

Posted: 1:51 PM, Mar 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-02 19:54:57Z
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man is facing charges after he allegedly fired shots near Highlands Elementary School Friday and pointed a gun at officers.

Dylan Ruffin, 26, three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement Officer, and criminal discharge of a firearm at a structure.

Ruffin was later shot by officers after they were called to the scene after a report of shots fired . He allegedly pointed a gun at officers before he was shot. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Police were on scene investigating a firearms call at about 1:30 p.m. A school resource officer found a vehicle in the school's parking lot had been struck.

Officers received 911 disconnects from a residence across the street from Highland Elementary School in Mission, Kansas.

Officers contacted the homeowner at the front door who stated there was an armed man inside. The homeowner was escorted to a safe location.

Moments later officers tried to contact the individual inside, who exited the home and pointed a gun at the officers.

The suspect, later identified as Ruffin, did not comply with officers commands to drop the firearm and was shot. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was treated and released to the custody of officers.

The school was placed on lockdown two separate times as the incidents unfolded. Parents were allowed to pick up their children shortly after Ruffin's encounter with law enforcement. Parents said the process was confusing and stressful but thanked school officials and law enforcement for their swift actions to keep children safe.

Ruffin is being held in the Johnson County Detention Center on a $500,000 bond.

No other injuries were reported.