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Shots fired at state troopers

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

Shots were fired at two state troopers during an incident Monday night in Platte County. There were no injuries.

Officials from the Missouri State Highway Patrol did not immediately release the names of the troopers involved.

"We're not releasing the names of the troopers at this time. Neither of them were injured and neither had the opportunity to use their duty weapon. As the investigation progresses, I am sure that we will release the names and give more information about the suspect(s) and the vehicle," Cpl. Doug Alexander of the patrol told The Landmark on Tuesday.

"We're just wanting a little more time to pursue our leads and witness information," Alexander added.

At approximately 11:13 p.m., a trooper observed a vehicle fail to stop for a red traffic light at 72nd Street and Interstate 29 in Platte County.

The trooper activated his emergency equipment and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop, accelerated, and continued traveling westbound
on 72nd Street.

Approximately one minute later, a passenger of the suspect vehicle leaned out the passenger window and fired several shots from a weapon at the trooper. One bullet struck the front of the trooper's patrol vehicle. The trooper increased the distance between his patrol car and the suspect vehicle.

The suspect vehicle turned off the driving lights and attempted to
elude the trooper.

At about 11:21 p.m., a second trooper observed the suspect vehicle, activated his emergency equipment, and attempted to stop the suspect vehicle.

The passenger of the suspect vehicle again leaned out the passenger door window and fired two more shots at this trooper. The trooper increased the distance between the two vehicles and attempted to keep the suspect vehicle in sight. The suspect vehicle managed to elude officers and no further contact was made with the suspect or vehicle.

Neither trooper was injured, but one round struck the front bumper of one patrol car. Kansas City Missouri Police Department responded to the scene and assisted. The investigation is continuing and no further information is available at this time.