Kansas City Police continue to investigate after an Independence officer shot and killed an armed burglary suspect Tuesday night following a chase into Kansas City.
The shooting happened shortly in the area of Ninth Street and Bales and Monroe avenues in eastern Kansas City after Independence officers had chased the suspect vehicle to the area. The suspect, later identified as 34-year-old William Shimp of Kansas City, then tried to run, and the officer shot him, according to police.
Police have not said if Shimp had fired at the officer, but they recovered a gun from him at the scene. According to KSHB-TV news, police said the officer returned fire after Shimp shot at him.
Kansas City Police say they have video of the shooting as part of their investigation.
Shimp was pronounced dead at the scene after officers gave first aid. The IPD officer was not injured.
IPD said officers had responded to a commercial burglary in progress at the 900 block of South Crysler Avenue, north of 23rd Street in the area of Dollar General, and the chase started in that area, about seven miles from the shooting. According to the dispatch recording, the chase reached speeds above 80 miles per hour along U.S. 24 from Independence into a light commercial and residential area of Kansas City. After the chase, officers said “shots fired and “party armed.”
Court records show Shimp pleaded guilty in 2008 to tampering with a motor vehicle in separate cases in Independence and was sentenced to four years in prison.