Man shot by of­fi­cer af­ter traf­fic stop dies

The Kansas City Star - - News - BY KATIE BERNARD cbernard@kc­star.com Katie Bernard: 816-234-4167, @KatieJ_Bernard

The man shot Thurs­day night by a Kansas City po­lice of­fi­cer fol­low­ing an at­tempted traf­fic stop died from his in­juries Fri­day.

The of­fi­cer is now on leave for psy­cho­log­i­cal eval­u­a­tion and the ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the shoot­ing, said Kansas City Po­lice De­part­ment spokesman Sgt. Ja­cob Becchina in an email.

Don­nie San­ders, 47, was fa­tally shot just af­ter 11:15 p.m. Fri­day night, po­lice said.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, an of­fi­cer at­tempted to pull San­ders over near 51st Street and Prospect Av­enue. He even­tu­ally came to a stop be­tween Prospect and Wabash av­enues be­fore al­legedly run­ning from his ve­hi­cle, po­lice said.

San­ders then turned to­ward an of­fi­cer at 52nd Street and raised his arm “in a mo­tion to­wards the of­fi­cer as though he had a weapon,” Becchina said.

In re­sponse, po­lice said, the of­fi­cer or­dered San­ders to drop his weapon and fired at him when he did not com­ply.

Of­fi­cers gave San­ders first aid be­fore he was trans­ferred to the hos­pi­tal where he later died, po­lice said.

“This tragedy is some­thing no of­fi­cer ever wants to hap­pen, and the Kansas City Mis­souri Po­lice De­part­ment un­der­stands the pain a sud­den loss of life can cause,” Becchina said in a state­ment.

Po­lice said an of­fi­cer has been as­signed to work with San­ders’ fam­ily dur­ing the ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion and that a so­cial ser­vice worker will be sent to of­fer as­sis­tance.

Po­lice are ask­ing any­one who saw any­thing to call the de­part­ment’s homi­cide unit at 816-234-5043.

This is the 36th homi­cide in Kansas City ac­cord­ing to data kept by The Star which in­cludes fa­tal po­lice shoot­ings. There had been 25 by this time last year.

CORTLYNN STARK The Kansas City Star

A man who was shot Thurs­day night by a Kansas City po­lice of­fi­cer af­ter an at­tempted traf­fic stop died from his in­juries the next day.

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