fired at state troopers
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
"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
The suspect vehicle turned off the driving lights and
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.