A Kansas City (KS) police officer was shot on Tuesday afternoon.
The shooting occurred shortly after 4 p.m. near South 39th Street and County Line Road near the Argentine neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas.
KCK Police on scene of incident involving Officer. Media staging one block south of Metropolitan on 42nd behind trucking company. PIO Chartrand on site.
— KCKPD (@KCKPDChief) December 15, 2020
Nancy Chartrand, a spokeswoman for the police department, said the officer stopped a “suspicious individual” and at some point during their interaction, the person shot the officer in the arm.
KSHB reports that the KCK officer was pursuing a suspect vehicle sought in connection to an earlier hit-and-run and possibly multiple hit-and-run incidents. The pursuit ended on a road that runs along the county line between Wyandotte and Johnson counties.
Chartrand said the investigation remains in early stages, but she believes the officer and suspect were outside their vehicles when the shooting started.
The officer, who is reportedly in good condition, was struck in the arm and returned fire, though it’s unclear if the suspect was struck during the exchange.
We are near County Line Road and S 39th Street where we expect to hear from Overland Park & KCK police.
— Ariel Rothfield KSHB (@arothfield) December 16, 2020
“Today’s incident just shows, while officers have a very important job, it’s a very dangerous job,” Chartrand said.
She added that it’s a risk officers are aware of and live with every day.
Chartrand did not release the officer’s name, but said the officer was a transfer to KCKPD and has been with the department for “four-and-a-half to five years.”
The officer was transported to The University of Kansas Hospital without lights and sirens. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
The shooter fled in a vehicle, which was later located near South 43rd Street and Metropolitan Avenue, but the suspect remains at large as of Tuesday evening.