A man who reportedly opened fire on a Leavenworth police officer was killed Saturday when the officer returned fire, a police spokesman said.
The incident occurred at about 2:15 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot outside of Country Mart at 20th and Spruce streets, according to Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens.
Police did not immediately release the name of the man who was killed, but he was said to be 42-year-old Leavenworth resident.
The officer’s name also was not released but he was said to be a 26-year veteran of the Leavenworth Police Department.
Police responded to the parking lot after receiving a report that a person was pointing a weapon at other people.
The officer arrived and confronted the suspect, who reportedly opened fire, according to Kitchens.
“The police car was hit multiple times,” Kitchens said.
The officer was out of the vehicle, and the bullets missed him. The officer returned fire, shooting the suspect, according to Kitchens.
“(The suspect) was pronounced dead at the scene,” the chief said.
No one else was said to have been injured.
Kitchens said the incident may have been the result of a domestic disturbance.
One of the people who reportedly had a gun pointed at him was described as an acquaintance of the suspect.
Kitchens said the Kansas Bureau of Investigation was asked to oversee the investigation of the shooting. He said the outside agency will serve as a “more neutral arbitrator of the facts.”
He said the county attorney also had been notified of the incident.
Kitchens said Leavenworth police officers carry .40 caliber handguns. There was no immediate word about what type of firearm is believed to have been used by the suspect.
Kitchens said the officer involved in the shooting will be reassigned to administrative duties while the investigation is being conducted.
The last time a Leavenworth police officer was involved in a shooting was in 1995, according to police officials.