Two people are dead following an officer-involved shooting in downtown Kansas City.
Shortly before 5 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a disturbance and sound of shots at Barney Allis Plaza at 12th and Wyandotte streets.
The caller reported two men fighting with a gun, possibly over a golf cart.
A preliminary investigation showed that before the call, one of the men, 33-year-old Timothy D. Mosley, had been ejected from the Marriott Hotel for causing a disturbance. He then went out onto Barney Allis Plaza and used a handgun to rob a uniformed security officer of his personal property and a golf cart.
The security officer was able to escape.
Police arrived as Mosley and another man, 34-year-old Robert A. White, were heavily engaged in a physical confrontation.
Preliminary investigation shows the two had physically fought and separated several times over several minutes.
Mosley possessed a gun during their altercations, police said.
In between their fights, Mosley walked around Barney Allis Plaza holding the gun in the air and yelling.
In spite of their violent interactions, White remained at a nearby picnic table on scene. Police are still trying to determine why they were fighting, why White remained on scene, and whether the two were acquainted previously.
Shortly after police arrived, Mosley re-engaged White. As they were struggling and physically intertwined, Mosley pointed the gun at officers.
Officers fired, striking both men. The officers rendered first aid, but both men were pronounced dead.
A semi-automatic pistol was recovered from the scene, as well as a non-police spent shell casing matching the caliber of the recovered pistol.
Police continue to collect witness statements and evidence. Anyone who saw any of these incidents – including the events leading up to them – is encouraged to contact the Homicide Unit at 816-234-5148.
The incidents will undergo an independent review by the respective county prosecutors, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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