North Kansas City rocked by officer deaths in traffic stop

Despite sharing a name with its larger metropolitan counterpart, North Kansas City is an independent municipality with just over 4,000 residents. It is a small community that many of its inhabitants consider peaceful. That’s why the news that a North Kansas City police officer, Daniel Vasquez, was shot while performing what was supposed to be a routine traffic stop shook the community. It was the first-ever in-office death of an officer in the department’s history. “I really can’t believe something like this happened in this little community,” said North Kansas City resident David Monk, “Northtown is known for its peace and quiet, great people, and that is actually going to come as a shock to all of us.Missouri State Highway Patrol officials issued a “blue alert” on Tuesday after Vasquez was shot and the suspect fled the scene.After an extended search, police confirmed that a suspect in the case turned himself in to police. Constable Vasquez reportedly pulled over a driver for an expired temporary tag when the suspect opened fire from the vehicle. “There was almost never a felony or whatever, speeding tickets and that kind of stuff, but never felony,” said Morris Cox, a resident near the shooting, “It’s pretty sad, it’s pretty sad, supposedly because of an expired license tag,” Colleen Keaton works at the reception of Northland Physical Therapy. She witnessed the tragic unfolding of the incident. In the company there is a sign supporting the fraternal order of the police. Keaton says this predates his five years on the job. Several residents indicated that they generally approved of the work of the police in Northtown. Others said they hoped the shooter would face the maximum possible sentence for the crime. On Tuesday morning, Keaton says he saw Officer Vasquez turn on his headlights behind the suspect, who was heading south on Swift Street. When the police lights came on, Keaton says the suspect made a quick right turn onto 21st Street just past his location. Shortly after, she heard gunshots. Tuesday also marks exactly six years since the fatal shooting of Kansas City Police Captain Dave Melton. He responded to a drive-by shooting on July 19, 2016, when he was shot multiple times.

Despite sharing a name with its larger metropolitan counterpart, North Kansas City is an independent municipality with just over 4,000 residents.

It is a small community that many of its inhabitants consider peaceful.

That’s why the news that a North Kansas City police officer, Daniel Vasquez, was shot while performing what was supposed to be a routine traffic stop shook the community.

It was the first death of an officer in the line of duty in the history of the department.

“I really can’t believe something like this happened in this little community,” said North Kansas City resident David Monk, “Northtown is known for peace and quiet, great people, and that is actually going to be a shock to all of us.’

Missouri State Highway Patrol officials issued a “blue alert” Tuesday after Vasquez was shot and the suspect fled the scene.

After an extended search, police confirmed that a suspect in the case had surrendered to police. Officer Vasquez allegedly pulled over a driver for an expired temporary tag when the suspect opened fire from the vehicle.

“There was hardly ever any crime or anything, speeding tickets and that kind of stuff, but never any crime,” Morris Cox, a resident near the shooting, said. is quite sad, it’s quite sad, supposedly because of an expired tag license,”

Colleen Keaton works at the front desk of Northland Physical Therapy. She witnessed the tragic unfolding of the incident.

In the business, there is a sign supporting the fraternal order of the police. Keaton says this predates his five years on the job.

Several residents indicated that they generally approved of the work of the police in Northtown. Others said they hoped the shooter would face the maximum possible sentence for the crime.

On Tuesday morning, Keaton says he saw Officer Vasquez turn on his headlights behind the suspect, who was heading south on Swift Street. When the police lights came on, Keaton says the suspect made a quick right turn onto 21st Street just past his location.

Shortly after, she heard gunshots.

Tuesday also marks exactly six years since the fatal shooting of Kansas City Police Captain Dave Melton.

He responded to a drive-by shooting on July 19, 2016, when he was shot multiple times.

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