Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Kansas City police kill suspected prowler Wednesday morning

Posted By on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 12:46 PM

click to enlarge Two officer-involved shootings in the area Wednesday morning.
  • Two officer-involved shootings in the area Wednesday morning.

UPDATE: The suspected prowler who was shot and killed by police this morning allegedly charged police with a metal pole. Read the rest of the update after the jump ...

Wednesday morning has seen two officer-involved shootings in the area -- and one has ended in the shooting death of a suspected "prowler."

The Star reported that officers shot a man during a confrontation at a vacant house on the city's south side in the Ruskin Heights neighborhood. A suspected prowler was reportedly seen at a home in the 7800 block of East 111th Terrace. The door of the home was kicked in, and police confronted the man around 9:20 a.m.



No word on whether the suspected prowler had a weapon or fired at police. Sparse information is available so far. I'll update when I hear more.

Earlier Wednesday morning, Independence police responded to a domestic disturbance at the Hawthorne Place Apartments.

When they arrived around 1:30 a.m., the man involved in the dispute confronted police with a gun in the middle of the street, KCTV5 reported. Shots were fired, and the man was hit, but the report doesn't say who fired first. The man was taken to a local hospital, but it's unknown what condition the man is in.

A witness told KCTV5 that she saw police taser the guy before shooting him.

UPDATE: On the Ruskin Heights prowler shooting, the Star reported that two men allegedly broke into the house. When officers confronted them, one of the men charged the officers. One fired, hitting the suspect.

Sounds like we may know the identity of the man shot and killed. Via the Star:

A woman who arrived at the scene later in the morning identified herself to reporters as the suspect's mother. She said her son, Kenny W. Gurley, lived on the next block with his girlfriend. He had experienced drug problems in the past but had been clean about a year before recently relapsing, said his mother, Donna Lancaster.


A neighbor reported seeing a shirtless man and another man peering into two homes where the adults had left for work but left their children home. Then the men went to a vacant home and kicked in the door. The neighbor called police. When they arrived, they went around the house and then two gunshots were heard. The neighbor saw the man in the shirt arrested but never saw the shirtless man again.



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