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3 POLICE OFFICERS SHOT IN KANSAS CITY, BY RIFLE-WIELDING SUSPECT.

A Man Wanted For Questioning In The Murder Case Of A College Student Has Shot Three Police Officers In Kansas City, Missouri, On Sunday During A Series Of Firefights That Began At A Motel And Ended Up With Him Being, Killed When He Barricaded Himself In A House With His Rifle Blazing, Authorities Said.

The Shooting Blow Up Just After Noon At Sky-Vu Motel On Highway 40 In The City Where Undercover And Tactical Officers Were Carrying Out An Investigation Into The Robbery And Killing At A Restaurant Last Week Of A 25-Year-Old University Of Missouri-Kansas City Student, Police Said.

Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith Said Detectives Had Been Conducting Surveillance On A Person Of Interest In The July 6 Murder And Had Followed Him To The Sky-Vue Motel On Highway 40 On The East Side Of The City.

“Our Officers Then Engaged With The Person That They Were Trying To Investigate And There Was Gunfire, At That Point Two Officers Were Shot. The Third Officer Struck By Gunfire Is In Stable Condition At This Time.

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The Suspected Gunman, Armed With A Rifle, Took Off From The Scene In A Vehicle With A Second Individual, Police Said. Officers Chased The Vehicle To A Residential Neighborhood Near The Intersection Of 30th Street And Topping Avenue And Arrested One Of The Men Who Had Sped From The Motel, Police Said.

The Armed Suspect Ran From The Vehicle, Fenced Himself In A Home In The Area And Fired On Officers As They Move Towards The Residence, Smith Said. A Third Detective Was Wounded In The Firefight, Hit In The Forearm By A Bullet, Smith Said.

He Said All Three Wounded Officers Were Being Treated In A Hospital For “Non-Life-Threatening Injuries, Thank God.”

“We Then Engaged With The Suspect Several Times,” Smith Said. “There Was A Firefight.”

He Said The Suspect Came Charging Out Of The House Allegedly Firing His Rifle At Officers, Who Returned Fire Shooting The Gunman. He Said Multiple Shots Were Fired In At Least Three Different Gunfights With The Suspect.

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The Suspected Shooter, Whose Name Was Not Immediately Released, Was Declared Dead At The Scene By The Kansas City Fire Department.

The Shooting Unfolded After Police Followed The Suspect To The Sky-Vu Motel As Part Of Their Investigation Of The July 6 Robbery And Slaying Of Sharath Kopuu, A Student At UMKC Who Is From India, Police Said. Kopuu Was Fatally Shot In The Back By A Robber At The J’s Fish And Chicken Market In Kansas City Where He Worked.

A $10,000 Reward Had Been Offered For Information Leading To The Arrest Of Kopuu’s Killer.

“We’ve Been Looking For Him All Week,” Chief Smith Said Of The Person Of Interest In Kopuu’s Killing. “This Was The First Time We Laid Eyes On Him.”

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In A Go Fund Me Page For Kopuu, His Cousin, Raghu Chowdavaram, Wrote That Kopuu Was A Computer Engineer In India Who Came To The United States In January To Pursue A Master’s Degree.

“Sharath Is Known To His Family And Friends As Full Of Dreams, Cheerful, Energetic And Athletic,” Chowdavaram Wrote. “He Had The Same Dreams Like Everyone Else To Make It BIG In The Land Of Opportunity. He Had A Great Sense Of Humor, And Always Made People Laugh And Was Always Eager To Lend A Helping Hand.

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