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Westport public safety officer shot, killed man who was firing shots, Kansas City police say

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Posted at 1:24 PM, May 27, 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A public safety officer who had been working in Kansas City, Missouri's, Westport Entertainment District early Sunday morning shot and killed a man while responding to the chaos just outside the district, police said Monday.

Jahquan M. Robinson, 24, died in the shooting. Five other people were also injured.

A preliminary investigation found the public safety officer, who works for the Westport Entertainment District, responded to the area near Westport Road and Broadway after hearing gunfire.

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Police said Robinson had been shooting when the public safety officer arrived at the scene.

An initial investigation indicates the public safety officer shot at Robinson, striking him.

Robinson was found unresponsive and died at an area hospital.

The public safety officer was detained the night of the shooting, but was later released as the investigation continues.

Police said the shooting happened after an altercation between a group of people.

"Detectives will continue to investigate and compile all of the investigative findings detailing all persons involvement and provide those findings to prosecutors for their review," KCPD said in a statement on Sunday.

On Monday, a spokesperson for the Westport District released a statement on the shooting.

"The Westport Entertainment District is grateful for its Westport Public Safety officers and KCPD officers who bravely responded to an active shooter outside the Entertainment District boundaries at 1:20 AM Sunday and saved people’s lives," the statement said. "The active shooter was unresponsive at the scene and later died. Unfortunately, shootings can happen anywhere, yet we are fortunate to have officers trained to respond and address the threat to public safety."