Police say they went to the residence in the 5300 block of North Denver Avenue just before 10 a.m. in an attempt to arrest the suspect. (Rob Rhodes/KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A homicide suspect who fired at Kansas City police officers was found dead inside a Northland home, authorities said Thursday afternoon.
Officers say the cause of death is under investigation. He could have died after being struck by gunfire from officers or he could have committed suicide, authorities say.
The man had barricaded himself inside a Northland home after officers went to arrest him.
The man was suspected as being part of an effort to kidnap a man after a pound of marijuana allegedly went missing. During the attempted kidnapping on Sunday afternoon, the would-be kidnapper was killed in a struggle. A second man was in the basement tying up the homeowner, and that is believed to be the man that authorities are seeking. A woman who went with the two men to the Northland home was charged on Monday with second-degree murder.
Police say they went to the residence in the 5300 block of North Denver Avenue just before 10 a.m. in an attempt to arrest the suspect.
The suspect refused to exit the home initially. Officers officially called it an Operation 100 at 10:18 a.m., which means dozens of officers surrounded the home, tactical units were called in and an armored vehicle was brought to the scene.
Police said the suspect came out at 10:30 a.m. armed with a gun.
"After exchanging gunfire with officers, the suspect went back inside the residence," according to the news release. "No officers were injured during the exchange."
The man went back inside the residence. When officers were unable to reach him, they looked through a window and saw his bloody body on the floor.
Bill Bruley lives in the neighborhood. He said a flurry of activity erupted Thursday morning.
"All of a sudden, one of the police officers said, 'He's got a gun!' And that's when the shots went off," he recalled.
He said he heard up to 10 shots exchanged.
"This has been a quiet neighborhood and this is a shock," he said.
Police searched the home for clues.
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