OLATHE, Kan. (AP) – A man fatally shot by officers outside a suburban Kansas City retail store has been identified as a 50-year-old Texan.
Police say Walter R. Echols of Cypress, Texas, was shot Sunday night outside a Wal-Mart in Olathe, Kansas, after he hit one of the officers with a long wooden rod.
Lenexa, Kansas, police spokesman Dan Friesen says the rod resembled a martial arts bo stick.
Friesen 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.