3 officers shot in KC; police engaged in standoff with suspect

KC officers shot - police in standoff with suspect

A manhunt was on for a gunman who shot three police officers in Kansas City, Missouri, during a confrontation Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

The shooting began at a motel where undercover and tactical officers found the suspect in a July 7 killing of a college student, said Jake Becchina of the Kansas City Police Department.

A third officer was later hit by gunfire and was taken to a nearby hospital, according to the office.

The suspect drove away and then fled on foot, police said. He said multiple shots were fired in at least three different gunfights with the suspect. He said the suspect came charging out of the house allegedly firing his rifle at officers, who returned fire shooting the gunman. He emerged from the home and was killed in an exchange of gunfire, police Chief Rick Smith told reporters.

All three detectives sustained non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to be alright.

Koppu was a postgraduate student of software engineering at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

Police spokesman Sgt. Jacob Becchina says the first two officers were shot while working in an undercover operation at a motel less than 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from Kauffman Stadium, where the Kansas City Royals play. A short time later, that vehicle was found and an accomplice was arrested.

'We are equally disheartened hearing about the three officers who were shot in pursuit, ' Subramanian said in a statement.

Officers are also searching for the suspect in the 3000 block of Bellaire. "Sharath is known to his family and friends as full of dreams, cheerful, energetic and athletic", Chowdavaram wrote. A third officer was shot in the arm and taken to a hospital.

The Star reported that worshippers at the United Believers Community Church were urged to leave the area as soon as possible.

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