In a developing story out of Kansas City, Kansas, a police officer has reportedly been shot and is in critical condition.
An officer has been shot at 22nd and Haskell in Kansas City, Kan. and by 2:45 p.m. one person was in custody and police had detained another person.
Kansas City, Kan., Police Chief Terry Zeigler tweeted at 2:02 p.m., “We have an officer shot at 22nd & Haskell. Start prayers, unknown condition.”
The officer was in critical condition.
Officer shot, critically hurt, at 22nd and Haskell in Kansas City, Kan. One person in custody so far. pic.twitter.com/7MkhUmwM70
— Rob Zerwekh (@zerwekh) July 19, 2016
The incident began about 1:33 p.m. when police received a call about an armed disturbance at Second Street and Edgerton Drive. The caller told police that several people in a car were firing shots at them, according to a statement from KCK police.
Officers arrived within minutes. At that time, three or four people bailed from the car.
An officer took one person into custody near there.
Shortly before 2 p.m., an officer attempted to stop another person. Multiple shots were fired and an officer was hit. Police were advised that an officer was down at 1:58 p.m.
The officer was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
Police are searching the area for others who were involved. One person is in custody.
Police have blocked off 18th Street north of Parallel until 24th Street in their search for suspects.
Police swarmed the area with dozens of officers, some with rifles. Several police were taking cover behind cars at 16th and Quindaro. A woman at a house there came out of a home with her hands up. Several officers were kneeling down in the street with their guns drawn.
Next door to the house, just to the south side of Quindaro just east of 16th Street, is a vacant lot. A dozen officers were clustered at the first house next to the lot. Officers were still crouched behind car in front of the and there were officers stationed at building to the west of the house.
About 3:08, a SWAT team approached the house behind ballistic shields. They entered the house.
The woman who came out walked up to an officer who was holding a ballistic shield. She stood and talked with the officers. Then she walked away from the officers about 10 feet away toward the home and appeared to be yelling to someone in the house. She told police an 8-year-old and 3-year-old in the home.
About 45 minutes later, two small children came out of the house and went to the woman. Police moved them out of the way.
This is the second police officer shot in KCK this year. The detective, Brad Lancaster, 39, was a nine-year veteran of the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department was shot and killed May 9.
Police were beginning to gather at the hospital where the officer was taken. One officer walked out to her car in tears.