KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Authorities say a Kansas City police officer shot and killed a man who reportedly had been smoking PCP after he pointed a weapon early Thursday and refused to put it down.
Police said in a news release that the man ran from home with the gun around 11 p.m. Wednesday when officers responded. A woman told officers the man had been smoking PCP for the past several days and that she feared he may come back to the house and try to kill her, police said.
Officers tried to use non-lethal beanbag rounds in an unsuccessful effort to get him to put down the gun after finding him a couple blocks away. During a standoff, he tried to get into a home. Police said that raised concerns about the safety of people who lived in the area.
The release said that when he pointed his gun at several officers around 1:40 a.m. Thursday, one of the officers fired, striking the man. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. His name wasn’t immediately released.