Kansas City police investigate 3 separate homicides Sunday
um, we called you guys here today to kind of give an update on a very, um, difficult day. Uh, Sunday, February 28th. We had three homicides in six hours in Kansas City, Missouri. Um, and we know that Sunday mornings are kind of difficult for coverage. So we just wanted to follow up with you guys today. Let you know where we are on those cases, uh, in order to be as transparent as possible as well as, uh, protect the investigation and not get into specifics on an open investigation. We did have three homicides yesterday. Three separate scenes. None of them were connected. Um, none of them were related in any way. Um, as of this morning, we are at 23 homicides for 2021. At this time last year, we were at 26 homicides. So those are some of the background of why we’re talking today. Obviously, uh, three homicides in one day is noteworthy and tragic for our city. Um, of these three homicides again, I cannot be specific about which one of these is related to which, but we had three very distinct situations. There are three situations that we see over and over around the country and that we have seen historically in Kansas City. Uh, one of these homicides was related, we believe has a nexus to narcotics activity. One of these homicides, we believe is related to and has an access to mental health issues. And one of these homicides is related to and has a nexus of domestic violence. And, um, each one of those three things has entire professions dedicated just to investigate or help people with those issues narcotics, social services, for, um, to get out of domestic violence situations. Uh, the police, all of that comes to the police, and we investigate all of those things and we task our officers, detectives support staff with being knowledgeable and able to solve all of these, uh, issues. And, um, although yesterday was tragic, we do think that it highlights some of the challenges that we’re seeing in our city. With all that said, um, the police department policing as a profession is one part of the criminal justice system. Our part of that system is basically limited to the time somebody called 911 and the time we present a case file to the prosecutors. We don’t put people in jail. We don’t prosecute cases. We don’t take people that are on probation and parole and and revoke or or send them back to jail. We don’t keep people in jail. Those are Department of Corrections, probation and parole. Prosecutors, judges, um, defense attorneys. All of those things are part of the criminal justice system. We do not create the laws. Um, we we take the laws that are presented to us and and try to, um, do the law enforcement aspect of that. We are. We are one part. Um, at this point, I am not ready to give an update on the victim’s names. We think that we have the victims identified in all of these cases. However, we also have to do next of kin. And we also have to get, um, clarification on some of these. So, due to the volume and the amount of resources we have available to facilitate that, I am not, um, ready to do that at this time. I think you guys have covered these enough, uh, to know generally by the next day, were able to release a victim’s name, uh, and and just due to the volume that we have, We’re not able to do it at this time. So with that, I will open up to questions. So, uh huh he’s in a domestic matter, duration or a mental health situation or something, and they don’t know who to call. If they do, call 911 and say I’m in a dangerous situation or I’m worried or anything like that to you. Resources. Great question. Thank you. Yes, we do. We do have the ability to kind of outsource some of this, uh, and I don’t want to use the exact names of of who we partner with, but we do partner with domestic violence shelters. We partner with specific advocacy groups for that. Um, most definitely. When? When you call 911 Uh, and you’re in a domestic violence situation. We can facilitate that. What we would like to do is not wait or what we would like to. To reach out to victims or people that are in a precarious situation right now is don’t wait until you need to call 911 It is not going to get better. Get out while you are safe. and and start reaching out to these groups. If if you call any of our division stations, if you call 911 and said I need to know the phone number do that, we can facilitate it multiple different ways. We have some on our website. Um, any of that. Um, we want you to get out today before it gets to, uh, something that is so dangerous that you feel like you need to call 911 and have a police officer there right now. Can you tell me about your legality? Great. So what we have is a lethal itty assessment report and what we do when we are when we are on the scene of a domestic violence situation, we ask a series of questions. Um, we asked the victim. We try to facilitate this in a safe environment where they’re not under duress. A series of questions. How long it basically, in a nutshell. How long has this been going on? What’s the level of violence? What’s the level of control are their firearms? Uh, is the suspect of this? Um Do they control you in these certain ways and what we’ve been able to do is create. I say we, with our partners, have been able to create a lethal itty assessment of Here is what’s been going on in this relationship, and, uh, based on our experience, um, this is this is your level of danger, and we want to get you out of that situation. Was that the in the domestic violence situation that was over over the weekend? Was that you’ve been involved with those people before? I do not believe we were involved in this. It was a little bit different aspect than an ongoing. It was like I said, a domestic violence, Um nexus. But not maybe in the traditional sense, that of a person in a relationship. And you said well, that are experiencing that Well, now what? The mental break or mhm again? Yep. So we have an entire unit called the Crisis Intervention Team unit. Um, several of our officers are also crisis intervention team trained, um, to be a little bit more proactive than we were, say, 10 years ago or five years ago. Um, it was a program that we’ve kind of implemented over 15 years. It’s really gotten a lot stronger over the last few years, Uh, where we’re sending more of our officers to recognize, um, mental health issues on a call kind of recognize the types of medication that you might see. That would be an indication that somebody is having a mental health background. Um, and then, uh, facilitate the, um, appropriate resources to get them help. Whether that’s through their caseworker, new medications, whatever, whatever that might be to kind of help them work through some of these, um, situations, these situations, If found. Somebody had called earlier, and you were able to intervene earlier. Stop any situation. I think that’s definitely right. I think that, um, what we need is, um when when These When these underlying issues come to a level of conflict, what we what we see over and over. And all of these investigations have one thing in common for the most part, and that is really poor conflict resolution skills. Whether that’s for whatever reason, whether it’s domestic violence, whether it’s mental health, whether there’s whether you’re involved in illegal activity and you just don’t see a way that you can get, um, any help because you’re involved in an illegal activity. Um What ends up happening is it gets to a boiling point, and then there is a conflict or or an argument and a point where this comes together. And then we some people have chosen to use physical force and violence to solve that conflict. And that’s what we see over and over is people who are choosing to solve these problems with with physical violence where there’s firearms, knives, fists, bats. We’ve seen just about all of them. But it is a ongoing lack of conflict resolution. The Police Department. Um, we would love to partner or be a part of all of that. But it’s not really We are not the best, um, advocates for conflict resolution skills. There are, um, not for profit groups and and things out there. So social agencies, uh, counseling agencies that are out there that do this for a living that are professionals. Um, I would encourage anybody to get in touch with some of these agencies. Situation like that. They’re not barely having where to where, get on their phone and find the right agency and do their research. They can’t call 911 and that’s what we see. And So whereas we try to do our best, we are one part of this. And so what happens is people have these complex mental health issues. We are happy to try to assist them. But we are not mental health professionals. People have substance abuse issues. We can put them in touch with the right people. But we are not substance abuse counselors. People are in domestic violence situations, and we can facilitate getting you in touch with some of our social services. For example, through our social workers, we can help facilitate some of that. But we are not domestic violence counselors. We are literally onto the next call. That’s our That’s our portion of this. We have kind of become the clearinghouse for all of these things that we are willing to do. It’s just difficult for us to do all of them well but police department call and say I’m having a problem. People get most definitely most definitely. Thank you. I’m not trying to put words in your mouth. Sure, detective level of frustration. Oh, my mhm. Maybe personal accountability for people is that, um look, I would stay away from frustration. We were paid professionals we are professionals. We do it 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I don’t really ever feel frustrated. I want what’s best for the folks that are involved in this. And if we can maybe communicate to them some better avenues to get better results and be more effective and efficient with services, I think maybe, um, maybe that’s a better way of explaining what’s going on here. We want we want. What’s best I can tell you that the police Department wants what’s best for the citizens of this city. Shooting people is not it, Um, it is to your point. It’s the most efficient way to get services is called 911 and have a cop show up. Um, I think that what we’re seeing is historically speaking. It’s not the most effective and efficient way to getting services to people, the services that they need. And that’s what we’re trying to, um, maybe, um, educate people or or assist people in getting those services. Um, there. So I hope I’m not frustrated. I appreciate the question. I just want to advocate for the citizens to get them, um, involved in things that can be helpful for him. It’s, you know, when I look at the you said last year, we were 26 sizes. You’re 23 you know, they’re turning along the same way. You know, last year was a record. This year seems to be going the same way. So So I think that’s right. And like I said, we are one part of that and I think that we want to be part of that conversation. I just don’t think that we have the bandwidth to solve this problem. This problem is nationwide. As you guys know, you guys report on this, you know where the shootings and the homicides are nationwide? Um, um, I don’t think it’s particularly complex. Don’t use physical violence to solve your argument. It doesn’t. Maybe I’m oversimplifying it. I kind of get that. But, um, but we’re not doing it, uh, in Kansas City and throughout the country Police department become more proactive and react because when you’re when you’re called to three homicides in one day, that’s react. I think you’re totally right. And, um and I think that being proactive is becoming more and more difficult were being stretched thinner and thinner we, uh, much documentation has been made about where our numbers are, where they were a few years ago. The direction that they’re heading, Um, as we it’s really not a matter of people. Our personalities. It’s a matter of math. Right? Um, as people leave and they’re not replaced, um, our bandwidth to to be proactive becomes less and less. They’re answering calls for service. They’re investigating increased amount of crimes. So the detectives, usually by this time you guys cover this. Usually, by this time, I’d be able to tell you the victim’s name and all three of these. They’re stretched thin. And, uh, that’s the reality of the situation. We would love to be more proactive. Um, a we we do Obviously these these things, that we’ve identified some of these issues. Um, I just don’t know if if the police department is the right ones, too, um, to administer some of the follow up are in his agent going like this. You contact them to try and help someone. I suspect you’re right. Yeah. Being able to do home visits. Um, being able to get out. I think that we’ve all recognized that a lot of our work can be done on zoom calls, but it is certainly not the same as engaging with, um, somebody that that’s going through a mental health crisis or a domestic violence relationship. You’ve really got to get out there and be in person with them. And I think that to some degree, that’s right. But But in a covid isn’t stopping people from hurting each other, so I would make that point as well. Anything else? Thank you guys for coming. Appreciate it. Oh, can I say one more thing? Can we Can we get one more thing? You guys already? Just one other thing that I wanted to point out of the three cases yesterday, Um, in one case, we are getting very little cooperation from our, um from the people that were there. And in that case, we have not identified any person of interest. Um, in two of the cases from yesterday, we did have levels of engagement, Um, from people that were there are people that were able to be helpful. And in both of those cases, we do have somebody identified a person identified at least, um so I would I would encourage us as we conduct these investigations, albeit after the fact, I’ll be it that the level of cooperation continues to be one aspect of getting people, uh, in custody that need to be in custody, the one that right I don’t want to get into any of the specifics about any one of the cases there’s been. Anyway, I don’t want to get into specifics on any of the cases. No charges have been filed in any cases. Wait in this I think that we do. I think I think that we have a lot more cooperation with people than than people really know, Uh, and that people really think from the outside, especially. I think we do get levels of cooperation. I just wanted to highlight the, uh it is just, uh since it happened yesterday, it’s noteworthy, and that’s what we’re talking about. I do think it. It kind of demonstrates what we what we see throughout most of our cases,
Kansas City police investigate 3 separate homicides Sunday
Three separate homicides were reported in Kansas City Sunday morning.Kansas City Police Department spokesman Capt. Dave Jackson said the third homicide was discovered around 10 a.m. when officers responded to a shooting at an apartment building near Gillham Road and Armour Boulevard. A wounded man who was found inside the building died at the scene.About five hours earlier, a cutting was reported at a different apartment complex near the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. Jackson said that victim was taken to a hospital where that person died. He said two people were inside an apartment when a third person arrived and fatally wounded the victim.Around 4 a.m., one person was shot and killed and another person was wounded in a shooting in downtown Kansas City. Officers found one person dead inside a vehicle. A second person who had been shot was found sitting outside the vehicle, and that person was taken to a hospital. Police did not immediately release the names of any of the victims. On Monday, Jackson said each homicide was the result of a different circumstance. He said one was related to drugs, one was related to mental health and one was related to domestic violence. Jackson said KCPD continues to struggle to keep up with the issues in the city that lead to the violence in these cases and the many others that have plagued KCMO for years.“We have kind of become the clearinghouse for all of these things that we’re willing to do, it’s just difficult for us to do all of them well,” Jackson said. “I think being proactive is becoming more and more difficult. We’re being stretched thinner and thinner… it’s a matter of math.”The third killing on Sunday was the 23rd homicide in Kansas City so far this year. KCMO had 174 homicides in 2020.
Three separate homicides were reported in Kansas City Sunday morning.
Kansas City Police Department spokesman Capt. Dave Jackson said the third homicide was discovered around 10 a.m. when officers responded to a shooting at an apartment building near Gillham Road and Armour Boulevard. A wounded man who was found inside the building died at the scene.
About five hours earlier, a cutting was reported at a different apartment complex near the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. Jackson said that victim was taken to a hospital where that person died. He said two people were inside an apartment when a third person arrived and fatally wounded the victim.
Around 4 a.m., one person was shot and killed and another person was wounded in a shooting in downtown Kansas City. Officers found one person dead inside a vehicle. A second person who had been shot was found sitting outside the vehicle, and that person was taken to a hospital.
Police did not immediately release the names of any of the victims.
On Monday, Jackson said each homicide was the result of a different circumstance. He said one was related to drugs, one was related to mental health and one was related to domestic violence.
Jackson said KCPD continues to struggle to keep up with the issues in the city that lead to the violence in these cases and the many others that have plagued KCMO for years.
“We have kind of become the clearinghouse for all of these things that we’re willing to do, it’s just difficult for us to do all of them well,” Jackson said. “I think being proactive is becoming more and more difficult. We’re being stretched thinner and thinner… it’s a matter of math.”
The third killing on Sunday was the 23rd homicide in Kansas City so far this year. KCMO had 174 homicides in 2020.