An investigation is underway after a Kansas City, KS, police officer fired shots at a man after he allegedly pinned her between two cars.
The shooting happened outside a Cenex gas station at 59th Street and Parallel Parkway about 10:20 a.m. Police said two female officers were driving by on patrol when they spotted the man in a red Camaro doing donuts, and driving erratically in the store's parking lot. After speaking with the officers, police said the man hit the gas and drove into one of them.
Police said the suspect pinned one of the officers between the front of the Camaro and the passenger side of a parked car. She fired shots into the vehicle and it's believed she struck the suspect in the chest.
The suspect was taken to the hospital with at least one gunshot wound. The officer was transported with injuries to her leg. Both are expected to recover.
Video that KCTV5 crews got shows a couple fairly large bags of what appeared to be drugs that officers took out of the suspect's car and police said that is now being tested for marijuana.
The incident happened near some busy businesses in the morning.
"It's very disturbing because we've got kids in there, we was working, we're busy, you know what I'm saying, and like I said this is one of our busy days, it's a Saturday," said barbershop owner H.T. Cooperwood.
People on scene said it's lucky no bystanders were hurt and police said the officer did what she had to do.
"This vehicle is coming at you, towards you, you have to defend yourself or other people around you, so yes, that officer did do what she was trained for," said Officer Patrick McCallop.
Cooperwood said his barbershop will now have to stay open until 9:30 p.m. to make up for lost business on the busy Saturday.
Officers said it's a reminder that no call is routine and they have to be ready for anything.
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