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Kansas City Police Shoot 'Very Angry' Rifle-Toting Man

Suspect told hotel manager he had killed wife
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 14, 2019 1:03 AM CDT
Police say they were able to locate the suspect rapidly.   (FOX19Now.com via AP)

(Newser) – Police in Kansas City, Kansas, shot and killed a man on Tuesday who told a hotel manager that he had killed his wife and was heading to a popular shopping and restaurant area. The "very angry and distraught" man entered the Country Inn & Suites near the Legends Outlet shopping area and said he had killed his wife, says Jacob Honeycutt, general manager of the business. "He said 'I'm heavily armed and very dangerous. I'm going to Legends. You better call police,'" Honeycutt tells the AP. The man was not armed when he entered the Inn, says Honeycutt, who tried to follow the suspect but couldn't catch him before he got into a car and sped away, driving through stop signs before the confrontation with police. "We wanted to try and stop them but unfortunately we couldn't so we got ahold of the police as quickly as possible," he says.

Officer Jonathan Westbrook tells the Kansas City Star that the gunman was waiting at an intersection for police to arrive. "We were able to locate him so quickly because he was stationary," Westbrook said. "Given the information that he was heavily armed and dangerous, our officers were very tactical in how we approached the subject." The man raised an assault-style rifle at officers, who tried to convince him to put it down, Westbrook says. Eventually the man fired several shots at the officers and they fired back, he says. The number of rounds fired by the unidentified gunman and officers was not immediately known. No officers or bystanders were injured. Law enforcement authorities are investigating to determine if the man had committed any earlier crimes, Westbrook says.

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