Armed Killer Tells Hotel Clerk To Call Cops, Opens Fire On Responding Officers

A heavily-armed man told hotel employees that he murdered his wife and to call police because he was headed to a mall.

Kansas City, KS – A heavily-armed suspect was killed during a shootout with Kansas City police on Tuesday afternoon after he opened fire on officers near a busy shopping center.

The incident began just before 9:45 a.m. on Aug. 13 when a distraught, enraged man stormed into the Country Inn Suites near the Legends shopping center, The Kansas City Star reported.

The suspect, who was unarmed at the time, approached the front desk employees and made a chilling demand.

“He said, ‘I just murdered my wife. I’m heavily armed and very dangerous,’” hotel manager Jacob Honeycutt told The Kansas City Star. “And he said, ‘I’m going to the Legends – you better call the police.’”

The suspect then ran out of the hotel lobby, sped out of the parking lot in a red Maserati, and blew through several stop signs and a red light before he disappeared from sight, according to The Kansas City Star.

Honeycutt followed the man outside and was able to snap photos of the suspect’s vehicle before he called 911.

Kansas City police raced to the scene, along with the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

They found the gunman waiting for them near the intersection of State Avenue and Village West Parkway, Kansas City Police Spokesman Officer Jonathon Westbrook told The Kansas City Star.

“We were able to locate him so quickly because he was stationary,” Officer Westbrook explained. “Given the information that he was heavily armed and dangerous, our officers were very tactical in how we approached the subject.”

As the officers made contact with the suspect, he suddenly raised a rifle and refused to put it down again, police said.

“Even as he had the rifle, our officers were still trying to negotiate and speak with him,” Officer Westbrook said, according to The Kansas City Star.

The gunman ultimately fired several rounds at the officers, who responded by returning fire.

Information regarding the number of officers who fired their weapons and how many rounds were fired during the exchange has not been released.

No bystanders or officers were injured during the shootout.

The gunman, who police said was not from the area, died as a result of his gunshot wounds.

The suspect's wife was located dead hours later.

Although police have not released the gunman’s identity, a witness and a news source identified him as 51-year-old Charles Pearson, KSHB reported.

Pearson’s estranged wife, Sylvia Ussery-Pearson, was initially reported as missing on Monday.

In October of 2018, Pearson was convicted of a domestic violence offense involving his wife, KCTV reported.

The Overland Park Police Department (OPPD) said they had been searching for Ussery-Pearson in multiple rural areas, according to KSHB.

They had also been pinging her cell phone, which led to Cass County OPPD said.

That search was called off when officers found a note in the killer's home indicating the location of her body in Benton County.

Legends Outlets thanked the police department for protecting citizens from the gunman in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon.

“As of 10:40am, the KCKPD and KCKFD are clearing the scene, and Legends Outlets is operating as normal business,” the tweet read. “Thank you to our security team, the KCKPD and KCKPD for keeping us safe.”

The Kansas City Police Department and the Topeka Police Department are handling the ongoing investigation into the officer-involved shooting, KCUR reported.

Comments (22)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

Gosh, I get the officers tried to negotiate but did they tell the suspect they were going to put a bullet between his eyes if he didn't put the gun down? Isn't that what the black lives matter politician wants us to do? Oh, but wait, do those rules apply if the suspect is white? Should officers first have the suspect fill out a questionnaire to determine race/ethnicity? I'm sure they will work this out at some point. In the meantime, shoot to wound only!

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Did they ask him to please not kill them? Rest in hell POS!!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

So he raises his gun and the cops let him shoot first?

My bet is white guy. All in.

TLM13
TLM13

One more "death by cop" story. This guy was too much of a coward to shoot himself so he enlisted law enforcement to do it. You better bet if someone raises a gun at me.....they have ONE SECOND before the tables turn. Stop with the race BS already!!!!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

So he calls, is ready, and still gets killed. Good for him. Nothing good would’ve came from this situation. Too much negotiation, you make a call with circumstances like that, very little negotiation should take place. Ask him once or twice to put the gun down, then if not, too bad so sad. It don’t matter if he did or did not kill his wife, he made statements as such. Black, white, brown, yellow, blue, red, it doesn’t matter wtf color, You want to die, do it to yourself. Why be a chicken shit and make the police do it for you or try and take someone with you.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

@Hi_estComnDenomn @Burgers Allday You little girls are just afraid of my toxic masculinity. I understand. Really.

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

Sounds like a clear case of murder with suicide by cop. He may have been heavily armed, but didn't actually go to the mall and waited for the police before raising he weapon.

wallywoo3
wallywoo3

WELL< WELL< WELL....yet another DEATH BY COP???? Well all I can say is GOOD JOB LEOs.....one less POS sitting in prison at the expense of the taxpayers....

61mouse
61mouse

Ended the way all of these should

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

Good work to the hotel manager! He kept his cool and took the pictures.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Good shooting. Good riddance.