Traffic on Interstate 70 was brought to a dead stop Tuesday after a man fired at an Independence police officer and was killed after he was pulled over.
A suspect in a bank robbery was shot and killed on the shoulder of Interstate 70 during a shootout with Independence police Tuesday afternoon.
Traffic on I-70 was brought to a dead stop after a man fired at an Independence police officer and was killed after he was pulled over.
Tom Gentry, police spokesperson, said the officer pulled over an eastbound vehicle that matched the description of one suspected of being involved in a bank robbery. Gentry could not comment further on the crime.
The incident occurred at about 1 p.m. on I-70 near the I-470/Missouri 291 interchange.
The driver of the suspected vehicle exited the vehicle with a handgun and started firing at the officer, Gentry said.
The driver, who was the lone occupant of the red, older model Honda Civic, was killed. Gentry said several witnesses stopped and gave statements. It has not been determined if the officer’s shot killed the man or if he shot himself.
The police officer was unharmed, Gentry said. No one else was injured.
“It could have been a lot worse,” Gentry said, referring to the heavy eastbound traffic at the time. By 4 p.m., traffic was still backed up to the Sterling Road exit, about three miles west, and reopened soon after that.
The victim’s name has not yet been released, and the officer involved will be placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation, which is routine.