Police detective shot and killed in Kansas, suspect in custody


Curtis Ayers was identified as the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Kansas City, Kansas, police detective. (Credit: Kansas City Police Dept.)

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A police detective in Kansas City, Kansas, was shot and killed Monday by a man who fled in the detective’s car and was later taken into custody, police said.

The detective’s name was not released by the police department. He was assisting officers in a suspicious person call near Hollywood Casino when he was shot. He was taken to the University of Kansas Medical Center where he died, the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department said.

The search for suspect Curtis Ayers led to a road closure, traffic delays, and school lockouts in the Bonner Springs/Edwardsville Unified School District 204.

Ayers ditched the detective’s car and picked up two more before police caught up with him Monday afternoon, police spokeswoman Amber Thomas said.

One of those cars had two children inside. They were not harmed during the carjacking, Thomas said.

The suspect wrecked the third vehicle at Bannister Road and 71 Highway, where officers with the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department shot him and took him into custody.

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