Kansas City police officer shot, suspect dead after shooting

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) – A shooting on Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri, left a suspect dead and a police officer in critical condition after being shot in the head, police said.

The unidentified officer, who has been with the department for about two years, was hospitalised for emergency surgery following the shooting that happened just before 5pm, Kansas City police said on Twitter. Highway patrol officials said police were called to a McDonald’s restaurant where the unidentified suspect was waving a gun, then fled on foot after police chased him.

The suspect turned and opened fire on the officers, striking one. A second officer fired back, highway patrol officials said. At around 9.45pm, the officer was out of surgery and was stable, but his injuries were “still very serious,” Kansas City police said in a statement.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt Bill Lowe said police believe there was only one suspect. No further information was immediately available.

“We talk about the violence in this town,” Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith said. “We can see where this is headed.

Law enforcement agents confer near the site of a shooting in Kansas City. PHOTO: AP