INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV5) - A Tuesday night traffic stop turned violent in Independence as officers had to chase and eventually shoot a suspect.
The incident started at 8:30 p.m. at an apartment complex near Missouri Highway 7 and Oak Hill Cluster.
Police say officers stopped a vehicle Tuesday and during the traffic stop a man inside the car got out and began to run. Officers chased the man for one block before he pulled out a gun.
After seeing the gun, police opened fire and wounded the man. He was taken to an area hospital and is in unknown condition.
None of the officers were hurt.
Police say the vehicle stop that sparked the incident was part of a proactive enforcement that officers were conducting in the area.
"It's not unusual when officer get free time, when they're not responding to calls for service, they have their own initiatives they're working on. I wouldn't want to say what that is at this point," Independence Police Department Public Information Officer John Syme said.
A woman who was also in the stopped vehicle, stayed in the car and was not hurt.
One officer has been place on paid administrative leave, per company policy.
Investigators are currently trying to gather any surveillance video from nearby homes and businesses to hopefully figure out what led to the shooting.
"We want to see any footage captured of what happened because that's going to give us more details, so that's going to be part of the process," Syme said.
Update from Friday, Sept. 7:
Independence Police (@ipdinfo) rarely post evidence photos, but they did so today on facebook to refute an anonymous claim about an officer-involved shooting earlier this week. (@KCTV5) https://t.co/14quckCCsv pic.twitter.com/Yg4kCFxIUT— Betsy Webster (@BetsyKCTV5) September 8, 2018