LEAVENWORTH, Kansas – An eastern Kansas police chief says it’s unclear who fired the shot that killed a young Kansas girl at the end of a high-speed chase that started after she was reported to be abducted.
An affiliate NBC news station in Kansas City reports that Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said the initial report is that a 30-year-old man, identified as Marcus McGowen, took the 5-year-old girl, Cady Harris, from her home.
Platte County, Missouri, police notified Leavenworth police at 7:30 p.m. Friday they were in pursuit of a man suspected of abducting a child.
Kitchens reported the chase crossed the border between Kansas and Missouri borders, where it ended at a construction site.
Police originally said that the suspect shot into the car, killing the girl.
Forensics analysts with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation determined that the bullet that struck the girl was not shot from a police firearm.
Kitchens believes that the girl was shot intentionally by the suspect during the shootout.
Police said the suspect exchanged gunfire with the police, where he was wounded and transported to a Kansas City hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.
The suspect has not been charged as of yet, but is expected once he is removed from the hospital.