Police shoot, kill person armed with blunt object in Kansas

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Police say officers fatally shot a man outside a suburban Kansas City retail store after he hit one of them with a long wooden rod.

Lenexa, Kansas, police spokesman Dan Friesen says the man was shot near a Wal-Mart in Olathe around 10:30 p.m. Sunday after striking an officer.

Friesen, speaking on behalf of Olathe police, says the rod resembled a martial arts bo stick.

He says officers responded to a report of a man with a weapon and tried to use non-lethal force to subdue him, including an attempt to use a stun gun, but those measures were not effective.

The officer hit with the stick was treated and released at a hospital. Friesen says the dead man’s identity was being withheld while authorities searched for next of kin.



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