Suspect fatally shot as Kansas officer investigates theft

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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (KSNW) – Police say a suspect was fatally shot in northeast Kansas as an officer was investigating a vehicle theft.

Leavenworth police Chief Patrick Kitchens says the officer had responded Tuesday night to the theft report. The officer was at the scene about 10 minutes before reporting that shots had been fired.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents and a crime scene response team responded to conduct the investigation. Preliminary information indicates that a Leavenworth police officer was dispatched to 1708 Rose Street to investigate an alleged stolen vehicle. Once at the location, the officer encountered a man. After making contact, an altercation occurred and the officer fired at the man.

EMS was called to the scene and the man was pronounced dead. The officer was not injured during the occurrence.

The man has since been identified as 47-year-old Antonio Garcia, Jr. of Leavenworth.

Heather Garcia, age 41, of Leavenworth, was also arrested during the incident for interference of a law enforcement officer; concealing, destroying or altering evidence and criminal damage to property. She is the wife of Mr. Garcia.

This investigation is ongoing.

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