dies after exchanging fire with deputy
An exchange of gunfire with a sheriff's deputy brought
death to a 63-year-old man on Graden Avenue near Parkville
in Platte County on Saturday evening.
"It appears Kenneth Dougan was fatally wounded as
a result of the exchange of gunfire," said Shelle
Browning, information officer for the Platte County Sheriff's
Browning said it appears authorities had been called
to the man's residence on Graden by a woman who had been
sharing the residence with him. The woman had apparently
left the residence and called authorities.
Browning said the events unfolded this way:
At about 5:45 p.m., deputies responded to a disturbance
call in the 6700 block of Graden. As deputies attempted
to make contact with Dougan, who was inside the home,
he reportedly fired shots at the deputies. One deputy
returned fire, Browning said.
"There were more deputies around, but only one fired,"
After the gunfire exchange, Dougan retreated back into
the home, Browning said. Deputies withdrew and set up
a perimeter around the residence.
After several attempts to make contact with Dougan, deputies
entered the residence about four hours after the gunfire
exchange. Dougan was found dead. There was no one else
present in the home at the time of the altercation.
Browning said the officer who fired his weapon has been
placed on paid administrative leave, which she said is
a standard procedure.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation
into the incident.