Two Kansas City police officers wounded in first of two shootings

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Two Kansas City police officers and two suspects were wounded Tuesday in separate gunbattles involving officers trying to stop vehicles and being fired on.

The two veteran officers involved in the first shooting were taken to local hospitals where one was in critical condition and the other was treated and released, said Officer Darin Snapp, department spokesman. He said both officers were wearing protective vests.

Police officials didn't immediately identify either officer nor the third person who was shot and was listed in critical condition.

Snapp said uniformed narcotics officers who make drug arrests and serve warrants tried to pull over a car on the city's east side. The car with three people inside headed east before pulling over.

As five to seven officers approached the car, one of those inside got out and opened fire with a handgun and officers then returned fire, he said.

The other two people in the car were arrested without incident.

Only hours later, officers doing surveillance a mile away tried to stop a vehicle with four people inside. As officers approached the vehicle, one of the occupants fired at them and the vehicle sped off.

Police chased the vehicle for 20 blocks before it crashed. One suspect fled the vehicle but was arrested while the other three remained in the vehicle and were also arrested. One of the three was shot and critically injured while the other two suffered minor injuries.

No officers were injured in the second shooting.

Police said they recovered a large amount of narcotics from the second vehicle.

Investigators are looking into whether the two shootings were connected, police Sgt. Tony Sanders said.

"It's been a day like no other," Sanders told The Kansas City Star.

Information from: The Kansas City Star,

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