Kansas City Police officer shoots suspected carjacker

Bill Grady
January 07, 2019 - 6:13 am

KMBC Channel 9 News

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A suspect in an attempted carjacking is in a hospital after being shot during a struggle with a Kansas City Police officer Sunday morning.

Detectives marked off two crime scenes. First, a woman at 39th Street and Walnut told police an armed man tried to force her out of her vehicle, but a security guard from Midtown Baptist Temple intervened. 

The guard followed the suspect to 39th and Baltimore, where Redeemer Fellowship Church is located. That is where the man was in the process of being arrested, and allegedly grabbed for an officer's gun. He was shot one time by a second officer, according to Officer Darin Snapp, KCPD spokesman.

"We were on our way to church, and started to turn in to the normal church that we normally turn on," said a man who was surprised to see all the police activity on a typically quiet Sunday morning. "There was a police blockade and yellow tape and that sort of thing."

The suspect's gunshot wound is not life-threatening, police say. The officers involved in the arrest were placed on routine administrative leave.

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