Three KCPD officers recovering from gunshot wounds; murder suspect killed

Police were tailing a man wanted in the death of an Indian national

Marc LaVoie
July 16, 2018 - 5:21 am

Three Kansas City Police officers are in stable condition and a murder suspect is dead after shootouts in three locations on the city's east side.

The man police were looking for was wanted in connection with the July 6 shooting death of 25-year-old Sharath Koppu, a UMKC master's degree student from India. Koppu was working at a fast food restaurant when he died in an armed robbery attempt.

The incident began Sunday around noon as undercover detectives watched a motel located along U.S. 40, within a couple of miles from Kauffman Stadium. The officers were injured by rifle fire as they attempted to approach the man.

A third officer was shot in the arm about an hour later near East 31st Street and Topping Avenue. Later on, the suspect died as he exited a house where he had barricaded himself.

"It was loud," said Ronnie Gibson, who lives near the site of one of the gunfights. "It could have been two guns, but it sounded more like just one going off."

"I was doing my housework, I heard the helicopters and I though, okay, something's going on," said Althena Goodwin. "It was just several gunshots."

Jagdeesh Subramanian, president of the India Association of Kansas City, said the group is grateful to police for pursuing Koppu's shooting diligently and that "there is some closure" with the person of interest's death.


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