Cops Shoot, Kill Man Outside Kansas Walmart

Police say they fired after 50-year-old attacked one of their own with long wooden rod
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 28, 2016 5:00 PM CST
Cops Shoot, Kill Man Outside Kansas Walmart
The man's identity is being withheld until next of kin is notified.   (Delcia Lopez/The Monitor via AP)

Police say officers fatally shot a man outside a suburban Kansas City, Kan., retail store after he hit one of them with a long wooden rod, the AP reports. Lenexa police spokesman Dan Friesen says the man was shot near a Walmart in Olathe around 10:30pm Sunday after striking an officer. Friesen, speaking on behalf of Olathe police, says the rod resembled a martial arts bo stick. He says officers responded to a report of a man with a weapon and tried to use non-lethal force to subdue him, including an attempt to use a stun gun, but those measures were not effective. The officer hit with the stick was treated and released at a hospital. The man was IDed as being 50 years old, per KMBC, which also notes a special investigative team is looking into the man's death. Friesen says his identity was being withheld while authorities searched for next of kin. (Read more police shooting stories.)

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