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08-08-07, 03:07 PM #1
Police were searching for same suspect during two gun battles
By CHRISTINE VENDEL
The Kansas City Star
Deandre T. Clay
A 21-year-old man shot by police in rolling gun battle along Prospect Avenue Tuesday has died, Kansas City police confirmed today.
Police identified him as Deandre T. Clay of Kansas City. Officers were looking for Clay earlier Tuesday when they stopped a car and became engaged in another gun battle that wounded two officers and one suspect. Those suspects were believed to be associates of Clay, police said today.
Detectives wanted to talk to Clay about a string of street robberies, carjackings and shootings. He had pleaded guilty to resisting arrest in 2005.
Clay died from gunshot wounds suffered during a running gun battle between police and occupants of a stolen car. The shooting started after tactical officers tried over the vehicle near Gregory Boulevard and Prospect Avenue about 6 p.m., but the vehicle sped off. At least one occupant opened fire at officers, police said.
Officers pursued for about 20 blocks and exchanged gunfire with the occupants along the way. A police officer using a .223 caliber rifle fired more than 20 rounds from his weapon and apparently hit Clay in the back.
Police believe tactical officers shot out at least one tire of the suspect vehicle, causing the driver to lose control and wreck near 51st Street and Prospect. Clay and two others stayed with the wreckage, but one occupant tried to flee. He got out of the car, dropped a handgun and sprinted off, but officers caught him. Police found the assault-type rifle and a “sizable” amount of narcotics inside the wrecked car.
Police said they expected prosecutors to file charges today against the three surviving occupants of the suspect car.
The rolling gun battle was the second time Tuesday that Kansas City officers came under fire and returned fire.
At 1:45 p.m., two tactical officers were shot by a gunman during a car check at Gregory Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue. The officers returned fire, critically wounding the 23-year-old gunman. One officer was treated for an arm wound. The second officer remains in a hospital today with critical injuries from three gunshot wounds.
Police arrested two persons who were inside the gunman’s car. Prosecutors may file charges against them and the wounded gunman today.
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08-08-07, 03:46 PM #2
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08-08-07, 04:08 PM #3
08-08-07, 04:14 PM #4
What do these people think? what is this world coming to?
more and more all you hear is police officers getting shot in the line fo duty.
unreal!YEAH, IM THE BERRIES, AND CHERRIES IN YOUR REAR VIEW MIRROR.
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08-08-07, 06:30 PM #5
You shoot at the police you go down hard or easy they give you the choice,but either way you choose you go down.Public conscience message board
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08-08-07, 11:02 PM #6Corporal
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Prospect Avenue must be one helluva street. I've heard of it many, many, many times.
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