The officers was responding to demands help, based on Kansas City Police Chief Richard Smith.
“He was acting like he was out of his mind. No shirt. His pants were half way down to his knees. Angry. Yelling,” the witness said, based on the affiliate.
When police arrived, the suspect fled by foot, shooting at them. One officer was shot before another officer returned fire and struck the suspect, Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said during a news briefing. Investigators said the suspect died at the scene.
The officer who suffered a gunshot wound is in critical condition in surgery. Smith said his family is “in total shock” and his mother is “angry” in regards to the violence in the city.
“It’s a difficult time obviously. Obviously, these things are not something we want to happen,” Lowe said.
The suspect then shot the officer and bus driver before moving away from the bus, according to Lowe.
The injured officer, an 18-year veteran of the force, and the bus driver sustained non-life threatening injuries. After getting off the bus, the suspect engaged in a shootout with other KCPD officers and sustained critical injuries, Lowe told KSHB.
Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas said on Twitter he was “heartbroken and disgusted by what our fellow Kansas Citians and our officers confront each day.”
The shootings took an emotional toll on the Kansas City police force, Smith said.
“It’s very difficult to talk to the officers right now, I guess I’d say to them that the mission hasn’t change that our dedication to this city and to the people of this city hasn’t changed and more now than ever they’re probably needed,” Smith said while holding back tears.