Suspect hospitalized following officer-involved shooting in KCMO

Published: May. 27, 2022 at 9:15 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - The authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened in Kansas City, Missouri, on Friday evening and led to a suspect being hospitalized.

Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating. It is protocol for an outside agency to investigate officer-involved shootings involving the KCPD.

According to MSHP, just before 8 p.m. KCPD officers were following up on a previous dispatch from the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department.

KCKPD had dispatched over-the-air about an alleged armed carjacking that happened, providing a thorough description and license plate.

KCMO officers then spotted the vehicle with two suspects inside at the parking lot of the Family Dollar near 7th and Prospect.

Two police vehicles with two officers approached the suspect vehicle.

At that point, the male driver ran away northeast and two officers pursued.

The female passenger in the suspect vehicle, identified as 26-year-old Leonna Hale, then got out and fled into the parking lot.

MSHP says that they did locate a suspect’s handgun in the parking lot near the suspect vehicle and 2) that two KCPD officers discharged firearms.

Hale sustained serious injuries and was taken to the hospital. At last check, she was in stable condition.

The male suspect was unharmed and was taken to a local hospital for an unrelated medical issue.

No officers and no bystanders were injured during this incident.

The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department’s Interim Police Chief Joseph Mabin spoke just before this information from MSHP was provided.

Interim Chief Mabin said: “We never want to be in these type of situations. Not the public, as a police department. Anytime it happens is a blight on our community. I want to ensure the public the scene is secure. There’s no on-going threat. We’re committed to be 100% transparent. This is a holiday weekend. It’s time for friends. Not a time for violence.”