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Family: Suspect wasn't armed when police shot him

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Police say a man is in critical condition after being shot by an officer.

Relatives identified him as 37-year-old Anthony Contreras. They said he does have a criminal past and was on house arrest at the time of this shooting, but they insist he was unarmed and did not deserve to be shot.

"He ain't have no gun. So why would you shoot him?" said one of Contreras' uncles. "I want to know why you shot my nephew."

Angry relatives are now demanding answers after Contreras was shot by police at his home.

About 2:30 p.m. police went to Contreras' home at East 15th Terrace and Fremont Avenue to find Contreras because he had warrants out for his arrest. Police said they made contact with Contreras, but he ran from them.

"Officers put out a chase and at that time officers then shot the subject," said Sgt. Kari Thompson with the Kansas City, MO, Police Department.

Contreras' girlfriend Katherine Burriss was with him when it happened. She said when they saw police approaching the house, Contreras left.

"As soon as he went out the back door, we heard the screen door open and we heard a gunshot. He had nothing in his hands at all. There was no reason for them to shoot him," Burriss said.

Burriss said the officers had Contreras face down on the ground after he was shot.

"I seen the hole in his face and they put him right back down into the ground on his face," she said.

When asked if Contreras was armed at the time, police said they couldn't release that information.

Contreras is now listed in critical condition at a local hospital and was headed into surgery Tuesday night. Police originally said he suffered minor injuries.

Burriss says the family has contacted a lawyer.

"They were very cruel and heartless in the way they did him and treated him especially after what they did to him," she said. "Shooting him in his face, they were trying to kill him."

Burriss also says Contreras was trying to turn his life around and was scheduled to start classes to get a commercial driver's license next month.

No officers were injured.

Police would not say how many times Contreras was shot or the name of the officer involved. That officer is now on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

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