By Joshua Phillips
Deccember 19, 2013
UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Joel Bravard. Bravard was wanted on a Platte County warrant, and detectives also wanted to speak to him regarding the death investigation of Michelle Russell.
Early Wednesday morning Kansas City Police Department officers conducted a residence check to issue a warrant, but found themselves in a shootout with those inside the house.
The KCPD officers arrived to the residence just before 11 a.m. to conduct the residence check for a subject to be issued a Platte County warrant at a residence at 526 N. Lawndale. While the KCPD officers were outside the residence, a party inside the home opened fire on the officers, striking one officer in the leg, according to a press release from the KCPD Media Unit.
Two people of the party in the home came outside; however, the suspect stayed inside to continue the standoff.
The other officers returned fire and took cover as the standoff continued. The officers then decided it was safe to extract the injured officer from the scene to get him medical attention. This injured officer, who is a 15-year veteran and member of the KCPD Tactical Response Team, was taken to an area hospital and his injuries appear minor.
At 1 p.m., KCPD tactical officers with shields entered the residence and found the suspect suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. The suspect has been taken to an area hospital. Then at approximately 1:36 p.m. the scene was cleared and detectives were called to investigate the scene.
The Northeast News will provide more information on this case as more information is provided.