In New Bedford Falls subdivision south of Platte City
An armed homicide suspect from Kansas City, Kan. was shot and killed by Kansas City police and Missouri State Highway Patrol officers in a Platte County subdivision late Tuesday night.
The shooting occurred about 10:50 p.m. behind some homes in the New Bedford Falls subdivision off Running Horse Road south of Platte City, near the intersection of 132nd and Ridgeview.
Police tape still surrounded several yards in the neighborhood on Wednesday morning as the Platte County Sheriff’s Department conducts an investigation into the shooting.
“We have taken the lead in the investigation since we did not have an officer involved in the shooting,” Mark Owen, sheriff of Platte County, told The Landmark early Wednesday.
Owen said a pursuit involving Kansas City Mo. police began about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday when officers in the Plaza area spotted a suspect vehicle from a homicide that had occurred at a bar in Kansas City, Kan. over the weekend. Owen said after officers followed the suspect’s vehicle for a distance, the suspect realized he was being tailed, sped off and a pursuit began. The chase went into Kansas then came north into Platte County, with the suspect driving north in the southbound lanes of I-435, the sheriff said.
Owen said stop sticks were successfully placed on the interstate by police and in the area of 130th St. along I-435 the suspect’s vehicle crashed into a guard rail. Officers saw the suspect exit the vehicle with a gun and he took off running to the west, the sheriff says.
“A police helicopter had him spotted from above,” Owen said. “A perimeter was set up at that point and (officers) never lost sight of him.”
Police attempted to get the man, still armed with a gun, to surrender.
Owen said officers eventually approached the suspect and shots were fired. The sheriff said the suspect, a 26-year-old black male, was killed. Owen said the man’s identity was confirmed as the homicide suspect for which a warrant had been issued.
“No officers were hurt,” Owen said.
Major Erik Holland of the sheriff’s department said the man was in the back yards of residences “against the woodline” near 132nd and Ridgeview when the shooting occurred.