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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Child killed, suspect wounded during shootout

  • A child was killed when a kidnapping suspect reportedly exchanged gunfire with Leavenworth police Friday in northwest Leavenworth, a police spokesman said.
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  • A child was killed when a kidnapping suspect reportedly exchanged gunfire with Leavenworth police Friday in northwest Leavenworth, a police spokesman said.

    The male suspect was wounded and taken to the hospital.

    The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident, Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said.

    Leavenworth police were contacted around 7:30 p.m. regarding a car chase in Platte County, Mo., involving a kidnapping suspect and a small child.

    "The chase came across the Centennial Bridge into the city of Leavenworth," Kitchens said, and Leavenworth officers became involved in the pursuit.

    Kitchens said the suspect stopped in the area of 20th Street and Metropolitan and allegedly engaged the officers with a weapon.

    "There was an exchange of gunfire," Kitchens said.

    Kitchens said two officers were involved in the incident.

    Kitchens said police were not releasing more specific information about the incident Friday night.

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