A Kansas City police officer just opened fire after a his motorcycle was hit on Friday. His spray of bullets shot a baby.
We are told that two men are now in custody following the incident. Two infants were effected, but only one was shot.
All sources, including the police acknowledge that absolutely no one had opened fire on the police officer. That didn’t stop him from opening fire and shooting one of the two infants in the foot.
“It is horrible that an infant was involved and injured in this incident,” Capt. Tye Grant of the Kansas City Police Department said in an interview with local KCTV 5. “No child ever should be placed in such a dangerous situation.”
Grant said he doesn’t know how long the officer has been with the department, but he says that he has been placed on paid administrative leave.
The officer is maintaining that the collision was “on purpose” and describes it as being “rammed.”
That may or may not be true. We simply don’t know at this point. What we do know is that when the officer opened fire, there was no vehicle coming towards him.
One witness said that the officer jumped off the bike to avoid being hit. But the vehicle did not make any other attempt at him. This would seem to indicate that there was some issue that caused the driver to lose control. In any event, the shoot-first-ask-questions-later approach of this officer nearly cost a baby its life.
The chaotic situation began unfolding about 9 a.m. Friday.
The motorcycle officer attempted to stop a red Dodge SUV with tinted windows for speeding at Highway 71 and 31st Street. The vehicle sped off, and the officer did not pursue the vehicle.
About 30 minutes later, the same officer received information that led him to find the SUV in the 5200 block of Wabash Avenue, police said.
“The vehicle then drove at the officer who was on a motorcycle and struck him,” Capt. Tye Grant of the Kansas City Police Department said. “The officer fired his gun into the vehicle in an attempt to protect himself.”
But the car had already hit the motorcycle. It was not coming at him after that. How is this an attempt to “protect himself” and not retribution?
“Officers located a man and two infants near the vehicle,” Grant added. “A second man was seen walking away from the vehicle. Officers were able to find the second man. Both were detained.”
Watch the local report in the video below…
(Article by Reagan Ali and M. David; video via local KCTV5)