VIDEO: Gunmen Open Fire On Officer During Chaotic High-Speed Chase

Three suspects are facing multiple charges for shooting at a Kansas City officer with handguns and a high-powered rifle.

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City police have released dashcam footage that showed suspects firing at officers during a high-speed chase on Aug. 8 (video below).

The incident began shortly after 9:30 p.m., after an officer spotted a red car parked in an abandoned lot near Rockhill Road and 65th Street, The Kansas City Star reported.

When the officer shined his spotlight on the suspicious vehicle, the driver sped away.

The officer followed the car to a nearby McDonald’s restaurant, and watched the driver go inside, according to court documents.

The driver was later identified as 25-year-old Darryl Nichols.

Two other men, 18-year-old Michael Fleming and 18-year-old Ruhwan Johnson, were also inside the vehicle at the time, The Kansas City Star reported.

When Nichols came back out of the fast-food joint, he jumped into the passenger’s seat, and the officer pulled in behind the car to initiate a traffic stop.

The driver managed to quickly turn left into a gas station, at which point the officer activated his lights as the car sped off through residential areas, The Kansas City Star reported.

When the fleeing suspect flew through a red light at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Meyer Boulevard, the officer deactivated his lights, but continued to chase after the car.

A moment later, someone inside the vehicle opened fire, dashcam footage showed.

“I think they’re shooting at me now,” the officer said over the radio.

He reactivated his lights, and more shots rang out.

“Yup – they’re firing at me,” he confirmed, as he provided more information about the location of the chase.

Dashcam footage showed the muzzle blasts coming from the suspect’s vehicle as the gunfire continued through a residential area.

“High-caliber weapon!” the officer shouted. “Get me some cars!”

The chase continued at speeds of up to 93 miles per hour, WDAF reported.

“One has a handgun, one has a high-caliber firearm,” the officer said in the video. “They shot my vehicle.”

The suspect swerved through traffic on Highway 71 as other officers joined the chase.

Minutes later, another officer performed a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver near Locust Street and Truman Road, and brought the suspect vehicle to a stop, KMBC reported.

Officers swarmed the car, and took all three men into custody without further incident, according to The Kansas City Star.

Investigators located a rifle and two handguns inside the suspect’s vehicle, and have recovered 20 shell casings thus far.

Many of the rounds the suspects fired on 67th Street struck nearby homes and vehicles, KMBC reported.

“It was really freaky,” resident Marteila Tabron told the news outlet. “Everybody was a little shook up, especially the kids.”

The gunfire sent another man, Bill Rader, diving down a hill to avoid being struck.

Rader, whose garage was struck by at least three rounds, said he’s had enough, KMBC reported.

“I was talking to my wife. We’re getting ready to pack up, sell out. I’m going back to Arkansas,” he told KMBC. “The criminals are running the city now. That’s what it feels like to me.”

Resident James Williams said that one of the gunmen’s bullets punched a hole through the driver’s side door of his truck.

“Seemed like a movie or something,” Williams told KMBC. “It’s got to stop. I don’t know why people are like that.”

Police never returned fire during the chase, and no officers or citizens were injured during the incident.

The officer the gunmen shot at is a two-year veteran of the force, KMBC reported.

Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) spokesperson Officer Darin Snapp praised the officer for how he handled the harrowing encounter.

"He's a young officer, doesn't have a lot of time on," Officer Snapp told KSHB. "He did an awesome job in this deal. Thankfully, he's not injured for one, but he did a great job letting officers know where he was at and where he needed help."

Officer Snapp said it was clear that the suspects were willing to hurt anyone who got in their way.

"This is the worst of the worst," he told KSHB. "If they're going to shoot at police officers, you know they're going to shoot at whoever comes in there…No telling why they're shooting at officers. That's what we're going to try to get down to. Who knows what they've been up to? They might be wanted for murders; they might be wanted for robberies."

Nichols, Fleming, and Johnson have each been charged with resisting arrest, unlawful use of a weapon, assault on a law enforcement officer, and two counts of armed criminal action, according to The Kansas City Star.

“The community and the prosecutor’s office is grateful for the officer’s steady demeanor during the entirety of this criminal incident and that the suspects were apprehended without harm,” Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said in a statement. “It is a credit to the officer and his training that no one was further harmed by the behavior of the suspects.”

You can watch dashcam footage of the high-speed chase in the video below:

Comments (136)
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flybynight
flybynight

This was not and ambush but friendly fire.

flybynight
flybynight

Or my personal favorite, Someone left the gun safe opened in the hood.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Hamburger Helper and LOW IQ typically say " gun use no fault of black user due to racism, no father- (it) figures, low barometric atmospheric pressure, stars not aligned in the solar system, conflicting zodiac signs, speed limit too low, poverty, no hamburger roll models, no cinnamon role models , no jobs, white fascists, white crackers, white paper towels , white paint ..........or something like that like that like that."

Just to make sure everyone is clear now.

Justretired
Justretired

WHAT????? 3 African Americans were disarmed and taken in alive without harm? Damn that's like... what, several here recently where the suspect was granted life by the big bad popo. Kujo's to the young officer in a hell of a situation, glad he got to go home to his family. The respect for life in some communities is mind boggling.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

BlueLivesMatter made sure to put the pictures of these guys that shot at cops right with the story. Funny how that coincidence worked out.

JBo
JBo

Really professional chase and teamwork. The good guys went home at the end of shift and had steak, the bad guys went elsewhere and had bologna sandwiches.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The cop sounds young. Article says, "He's a young officer, doesn't have a lot of time on," Officer Snapp told KSHB. "He did an awesome job in this deal. Thankfully, he's not injured for one, but he did a great job letting officers know where he was at and where he needed help."

He did much more than that. At 1:35, he continues to chase the vehicle after briefly pausing, even though there are shots fired at him that he can both hear and see. It's really incredible bravery.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

The Three Black Stooges

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Huh, I don't remember seeing this chase on every single news channel, I wonder why???

toughguy
toughguy

(Sarcasm on) Are we sure it wasn't the "implicit bias" of the police officer that explains the escalation? Maybe the officer needs more training in deescalation. Think these gentlemen got "the talk" from their heavily-involved, loving fathers who warned them police officers will shoot them just because of the color of his skin? If guns were not readily available, these outstanding gentlemen would have been studying to pass the bar exam...

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Political correctness holds center stage here : Gunman ??? Looks like a trio of wild Baboons. Should have suffered a 100 rounds trying to attack L.E.O's.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

With Missouri being the "Show Me" state, I'd like someone to show me where they don't have an "Attempted Murder" law on the books and why it wasn't charged in this case.

Louise S
Louise S

I smell signature bail..released to murder again before sentencing.. a lenient sentence handed down by spineless courts..they'll be back murdering in no time when released to prey on the public. Nice job by the cops.

MSK
MSK

Incredible bravery, poise and professionalism demonstrated by this two year “veteran” officer not to mention great pursuit driving.

mbfritz
mbfritz

So intense- I was on edge through the whole video! Another great example of how capable, brave & well trained our LEOs are & how they deserve our respect, loyalty & support! So in awe of the young officer!

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

If Obama had Sons. HE was the one that started this grassfire and he should be held accountable.