Kansas City officers forced to take cover after fired at while responding to call
Kansas City, MO (KCTV) — Police and the community are still reeling from the death of Capt. Robert Melton last week but just days later, some Kansas City police officers were forced to take cover after a blaze of gunfire was aimed at them.
It happened about 11:55 p.m. Sunday at Quincy and Thompson avenues. Police said the officers were on a call for service in the area when someone began firing shots at them.
“We were walking down and I heard bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,” said Carol Hansen. “Four cops were running, had their guns out and said ‘Get down or go home quick, they’re on the loose!'”
Neighbors in Kansas City’s northeast are startled and some of them caught portions of it on their cellphones.
“I hear like five gunshots last night and all kinds of cops,” Tammy Masoners said.
Under fire, none of the officers were hurt. It wasn’t the only time someone has taken aim at police since Melton’s death.
Lenexa police say twice since then, someone may have taken shots at their officers. Both situations involved a motorcycle officer who was out helping with duties surrounding the shooting death of Melton.
Investigators say they still don’t have solid evidence it happened, but are looking into it.
Those incidents, coupled with Sunday night’s attack in Kansas City equal far too many.
“You know, definitely scary, we’re human beings. Human beings first, officers second. These officers acted courageously as our officers do each day. We’re thankful these officers are OK,” Kari Thompson with KCPD said.
Police from all over the metro were called to provide help and search for the suspects. No one is in custody in any of the recent situations.
If you have any information that might help, call police.