Home Intruder Runs For His Life After Breaking Into Off-Duty Sergeant's House

An off-duty Kansas City Police Department sergeant was the victim of a break-in early Monday morning.

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.

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RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Well done Sgt

flybynight
flybynight

The real tragedy here is he missed the target. 😟

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Andytheman
Andytheman

As far as we know! He may be laying dead somewhere. I believe all person's should have a gun for protection of life and property in their homes. We can't get there in time to save you. You're on your own, cop or not. Hope he caught a round or two.

Andytheman
Andytheman

Another problem I have is why is a 20 year veteran Sgt. being placed on administrative duty? Why is it being treated as an officer involved shooting?

LEO0301
LEO0301

Just look for the buzzards.

mpp2011
mpp2011

Standard procedure in an Officer involved shooting on or off duty

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Yes but we can assume aforementioned missed target will be purchasing replacement undergarments.

flybynight
flybynight

More like stealing some replacements. But sure he will need replacements.

Kevcali
Kevcali

Hopefully that scared him straight! Blessings Sarge!

TXbird-mom
TXbird-mom

Maybe they should check the local garbage cans for DNA - I'm pretty sure that guy soiled his britches. Way to go Sergeant!

Rj's
Rj's

The bottom line of this statement about the Incident I disagree with the use of Deadly force will be determined with today's ideas that is what they do in the past if you're in your home you have the right to protect yourself not wait to attack back but to hit first.

angeleyes
angeleyes

from KC- way to go. too bad he wasn't K9

bryantrent
bryantrent

I bet he learned the hard way

RunCop
RunCop

Nice.....I’ll bet the animal thug shit his pants....

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

Time to go back to the range. All they had to do was follow the poop on the street.

LEO0301
LEO0301

This investigation should take all of two minutes. If someone breaks into my home I'm not going to give them the opportunity to provide an explanation. You never have a duty to retreat in your own home or wait for the bad guy to shoot you first.

cspcapt
cspcapt

Sgt needs to go back to the range for practice

JACQUEWB
JACQUEWB

He should have dropped the burglary suspect in his house. He had the right.

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

What was he supposed to do, wait until he was killed first to satisfy these recent days anti-law enforcement, UNTIL, it is they in danger!!! THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN UNARMED MAN when attacking a street cop or citizen who is armed ... a gun is in the fight no matter who is holding it, and if the cop loses or the citizen they are killed by their gun. These politicians no not what the real world outside of their gated and patrolled living quarters.

MizzV
MizzV

Why isn't he treated like an average citizen that was awakened in the night by an intruder?

Why should he be placed on leave and investigated as if he were ON duty?

Do you lose your right to be a citizen when you're a LEO?

He found a criminal IN his house in the middle of the night and did exactly as we all should do: Open fire!

Raymelson
Raymelson

Why would he be put on leave oh yea so some gutless da can prosecute him for attempted murder

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing
  1. the officer shot at someone; it should be investigated as an officer involved shooting (and he should be cleared quickly and returned to full status)

  2. if you break into someone's house, at 2:30am, then they should have every right to shoot you. especially if it's an off duty cop. You are an imminent attacker until you are no longer a threat.

  3. Good job Sgt

rix is retired
rix is retired

another far fetched idea.... just cuz this alleged suspect got away,,, doesnt mean he didnt receive one of the fired rounds,,, he just might be hiding, hoping he can retrieve that round from his person.... hopefully he does it soon,,,,, before septic sets in and bleeds like the POS that he is.

RC427
RC427

It does bring in to question his lack of shooting skills. Some departments don't require as much range time for supervisory personnel as others. My dept required range time every 90 days and you had to pass or you went on desk patrol until you could pass.