KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The man who police say ran from them during a traffic stop, then revealed a gun and struggled with an officer, ending in the young man's death, has been identified as an 18-year-old Oak Park High School graduate.
Police say Jacob Stevens, 18, was in a car that Gladstone Police attempted to stop at Vivion Road and 169 Hwy at about 10:34 Sunday night.
The driver of the car stopped the vehicle but the passenger got out and ran away. Officers chased down the suspect on foot and attempted to take him into custody, However, they say he struggled with them and during the struggle shots were fired. Stevens was hit with the gunfire and did not survive his injuries. The Gladstone police officer was also shot, suffering non-life threatening injuries to his hand. Police say the injured officer is a 33-year-old man who has been with the department approximately 2 ½ years. The other officer on the scene is a 34-year-old who has been with the department approximately three years.
"There are three guns at the scene. We've got to figure out who was shot. We don't even know if both officers shot or one," said Darin Snapp, with the Kansas City, Mo. Police Dept.
Northland woman describes driving by traffic stop then hearing horrifying sound of gunfireThe driver was taken into custody and was questioned and released.
The North Kansas City School District confirms Stevens graduated from Oak Park High School in 2014.
"I don't agree with his actions that he did try to shoot at a police officer, a law enforcement. They're risking their lives everyday," said one of Stevens' former classmates who did not want to be identified.
In October, Stevens was charged in Platte County with the theft of a laptop computer in August 2016. According to the probable cause statement, police received a report about car prowlers trying to break into vehicles near 8626 N. Mattox, northeast of 152-Hwy and Ambassador. Police canvassed the area and arrested Stevens and two other men, while a fourth ran away. Stevens denied that he had been trying to break into cars. He told police he was out in the parking lot at 3 a.m. because he was walking to the gas station. He confessed to being friends with the other men.
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Kansas City Police are investigating.
In the past 36 hours, Texas, Florida and St. Louis were also scenes of police-involved shootings that either injured or killed an officer. In St Louis, a gunman shot an officer in the face. The shooting happened Sunday night while the officer was stopped at a red light. Investigators say 19-year-old George P. Bush pulled up next to the police sergeant and opened fire, wounding the 46-year-old police officer. Bush later died in a shootout with police when he opened fire on police as he fled a vehicle.
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