Kansas City, MO – An off-duty Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) sergeant has been placed on administrative leave after he opened fire on a suspect who broke into his home early Monday morning.
The incident occurred at the off-duty sergeant’s home near Askew Avenue and South St. John Avenue at approximately 2:30 a.m., KSHB reported.
The sergeant, a 20-year veteran-of-the-force, said he went to investigate the source of the strange noises he heard downstairs, when he stumbled upon a man he did not know standing in his kitchen.
“Fearing for his safety, he fired multiple shots at that male who then ran from the scene in an unknown direction,” KCPD spokesperson Sergeant Jake Becchina told KSHB.
The home intruder did not fire a weapon during the encounter, and it is unknown if he was armed.
The officer was not injured during the altercation, and used his police radio to report the incident, WDAF reported.
He was alone in his residence at the time of the shooting, according to KSHB.
Police have not located the suspect, and it is unknown whether or not any of the rounds the officer fired actually struck him.
They have also been checking with area hospitals to see if anyone has come in to be treated for a gunshot wound, but have had no luck, KMBC reported.
Investigators said they don’t believe that the sergeant was specifically targeted by the suspect.
“There's absolutely no indication in this case that the intruder knew anything about the resident,” Sgt. Becchina told KSHB. “It appears to be in the middle of the night coming into the home. There's no evidence this officer was targeted.”
The KCPD said that the incident is being handled as an officer-involved shooting, and that the sergeant has been placed on administrative leave, as per protocol.
The department’s homicide unit is conducting the ongoing investigation.
Investigative findings will be forwarded to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, which will determine whether the sergeant’s use of deadly force was justified, KSHB reported.