A standoff in Kansas City, Missouri, that lasted over 18 hours has ended.
It was “almost like witnessing an action movie,” resident Jason Hemby said.
Hemby claimed he spotted something out of the ordinary in his Kansas City home on Blue Ridge Boulevard.
“I just saw the lights flashing outside, so I went out the back door,” Hemby recalled. “About that time I walked out, I heard some talking and some gunfire. Of course, my daughter ran up and was like, ‘What’s going on?’ and I was like, ‘I think there’s a shootout going on.’”
Tuesday night at approximately 9:30, police reportedly went to a house on Blue Ridge Boulevard close to 23rd Street South to serve a search warrant. After a SWAT team attempted entry, a shooting ensued. Three police officers were injured, but their injuries were not life-threatening, and they were taken to the hospital.
kcpolice tweeted about the three police officers who were injured:
Three of our police officers are in the hospital after being shot in the line of duty Tuesday night. They are in stable condition with non-life-threatening, but serious injuries.
These Tactical Response Team officers were serving a search warrant when they were shot…
— kcpolice (@kcpolice) March 1, 2023
Meanwhile, a standoff had commenced at the location that would keep Hemby awake all night.
“The kids were kind of freaked out a little bit, but it was more like an adrenaline thing to see what was going on next,” Hemby said.
He reported seeing SWAT units and what looked like snipers in the area.
The standoff lasted for around 18 hours until it was resolved.
Suspects Have Been Arrested
Three suspects have been arrested. In this house, one individual was discovered deceased.
“We don’t want to put our officers or anyone else in harm’s way again,” explained Sgt. Andy Bell with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “That’s why it took so long. To use technology, using the video cameras, to just comb through that house getting more and more confident to enter the house physically.”
Jimmie Lewis Jr., 50, was named by the U.S. Department of Justice as one of the people arrested during the siege. He is reportedly facing federal charges for acts unconnected to the incident, according to authorities.
The neighborhood residents are relieved that the danger is passed and that the police officers who were hurt are on the mend.
“It just goes to show the cops are doing their job and doing their duty,” Hemby said. “You are kind of freaked out a bit, but that’s what their job is. And, I’m sorry to see that they got hurt and that the man died.”
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