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Waylen J. Wealot
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Two Kansas City police officers fatally shot a suspect Friday evening.
Police said they got the call about 5 p.m. They said the first two officers on the scene spotted a man shooting into a van with four people inside it. Investigators said the officers felt they had no choice but to open fire on the man, to protect those inside the van and the many people living in the residential neighborhood at 11th Street and Myrtle Avenue.
"It's very scary, very scary," Sharon Washington said.
Washington lives just a few doors down from where the shooting took place and said she heard somewhere between 20 and 30 shots. Her daughter and grandkids were out for a walk while she was getting ready for church. She said she worried about their safety, but knew a higher power was watching over them.
"I'm thinking, ‘Lord they are covered.' I know Jesus got an angel and He's protecting these young babies because we go to church every Sunday faithfully," she said.
Now, the two officers involved in the shooting, a man and a woman with a combined 12 years of service on the force, will be placed on routine paid leave while a special team within the department investigates.
As for Washington, she is just hoping her family won't have to experience anything like Friday's incident again.
"I pray and ask God to let it be the last time. We need our babies to grow up and we don't need them to see that type of thing ever again," she said.
The week after the incident, the suspect was identified as 21-year-old Waylen J. Wealot. The people in the van were questioned.
Neither officer was injured. There's no word at this time if either has been involved in a shooting before.
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