Andrea Klick, Invoice Lukitsch
The Kansas Metropolis Star
A standoff is ongoing after three Kansas Metropolis law enforcement officials have been shot and injured Tuesday night time whereas executing a search warrant on the east aspect of the town, in keeping with Independence police.
As of 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, two individuals had left the house voluntarily. Police don’t know if they’re suspects, and haven’t mentioned precisely after they left the situation within the 2300 block of Blue Ridge Boulevard, mentioned Independence Police Department spokesman Jack Taylor.
One individual might have left the house whereas Kansas Metropolis police have been nonetheless working the scene, and the opposite might have left between midnight and 1 a.m. as Independence police have been taking up the standoff.
The incident started simply after 9:30 p.m., when Kansas Metropolis law enforcement officials have been executing a search warrant within the space close to Blue Summit, an unincorporated a part of the town. Officers have been fired on after they knocked on the location, recognized themselves as police and tried to enter.
Three officers have been shot, and police did return hearth. Kansas Metropolis Police Chief Stacey Graves mentioned she didn’t know what number of pictures have been fired or if anybody else had been shot.
🚨 THREE OFFICERS DOWN: Please pray for the three Officers who have been shot within the line of responsibility tonight in Kansas Metropolis. The violence in opposition to our officers is uncontrolled and should cease!! pic.twitter.com/oWpVHPI7qt
— Nationwide Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) March 1, 2023
The injured officers have been taken to the hospital by different officers on the scene, and Graves mentioned their accidents weren’t life threatening. She mentioned the three officers have been alert, awake and speaking.
Independence police later took over the standoff as a result of Kansas Metropolis police had been instantly concerned within the capturing. Missouri State Freeway Patrol Troop A later took over the standoff Wednesday morning.
As of 5:30 a.m., Taylor mentioned police didn’t know if anybody remained within the residence, however police are utilizing loudspeakers to speak and gasoline to push anybody who should be inside to depart.
Blue Ridge Boulevard stays closed between twenty third Avenue and Westport Highway.
The freeway patrol will examine the capturing.
The capturing Tuesday night time comes two weeks after Kansas City police officer James Muhlbauer, was killed, alongside along with his Ok-9 companion and a pedestrian, 52-year-old Jesse Eckes, in a automotive crash whereas on responsibility.
That got here simply days after a KCPD officer was hit by a bullet and injured outside department headquarters on Locust Avenue on the night of Feb. 12. Police have been investigating whether or not that was related to a capturing reported a number of blocks away.
“It’s been greater than an terrible week,” Graves mentioned Tuesday. “However what I’m seeing right here tonight, our officers are OK contemplating the circumstances. A few of their accidents might final far past at this time, however they’re right here with us.”
Glenn Rice contributed to this report.