A Kansas City, Mo., police officer, his canine partner and a pedestrian are dead following a crash near Truman Road and Benton Boulevard Wednesday night.
Just after 10:15 p.m. a Police Canine Officer and his Canine Partner were on duty and on patrol in the area of Truman Rd and Benton Blvd when their patrol car was struck by another vehicle. The collision caused a secondary impact with a pedestrian.
The pedestrian was declared deceased at the scene. The Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) Police Canine was killed at the scene as well. The officer was transported to the hospital with critical injuries. Doctors made every attempt at treatment, but he was declared deceased at the hospital.
The driver of the citizen vehicle has minor injuries and is in custody for further investigation.
KCPD’s Accident Investigation Section is completing the accident reconstruction and the investigation will be led by the Traffic Investigation Section.
The officer was a 20-year veteran of the KCPD and had been assigned to the Canine Unit for nearly three years. His Canine partner was an approximately one-year veteran of the KCPD.
The department asks that the public keep the officer’s family, the pedestrian’s family and the whole Kansas CIty Missouri Police Department in their thoughts and prayers as they deal with this terrible tragedy.
Chief Graves will have media briefing in the morning at a time to be determined later.
The scene is clear on Truman Road at this time.