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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • KBI: No evidence shooting victim was struck by police bullet

  • It does not appear a girl killed in Friday night's shootout in Leavenworth was shot by police, a Kansas Bureau of Investigation official said.
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  • It does not appear a girl killed in Friday night's shootout in Leavenworth was shot by police, a Kansas Bureau of Investigation official said.
    KBI Special Agent in Charge Mark Malick said the investigation is still in its infancy, but there is no evidence that shots fired by law enforcement officers struck 5-year-old Cadence Harris or the car she was in.
    Harris was pronounced dead after a man allegedly exchanged gunfire with police officers in northwest Leavenworth.
    The suspect, whose name has not been released, was wounded during the incident. He remains in the hospital.
    Leavenworth police were contacted around 7:30 p.m. Friday regarding a car chase in Platte County, Missouri, involving a person identified as a kidnapping suspect who had a small child in his car. Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said the incident apparently had started in Atchison before crossing into Missouri.
    The car crossed Centennial Bridge into Leavenworth, and local officers become involved.
    The suspect allegedly engaged police with a weapon in the area of 20th Street and Metropolitan Avenue.
    Malick and Kitchens discussed the investigation this afternoon during a news conference.
    The case is being investigated by the KBI.
    Authorities have not released details about the suspect's relationship to the victim. Malick did not comment on whether investigators still believe the incident was a kidnapping.
    "As (the investigation) unfolds, we'll be able to release more," Malick said.
    Malick said the case involves more than one jurisdiction, and it's unclear where the prosecution would be handled if charges are filed.
    For now, the two Leavenworth police officers who were involving in the shooting will be reassigned to administrative duties until there is more of a determination about what happened. Kitchens said this is common procedure.
    Malick said there has been a steady stream of people calling authorities with additional information about the case.
    "We have a number of witnesses that have come forward," he said.
    He said people who have information about the case can call the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME.
    Kitchens said he is confident members of the Leavenworth community will provide assistance in the investigation of the death of a 5-year-old girl.

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