Leroy Cunningham Involved In Shootout With Kansas Heroes

Leroy Cunningham Gets In Shootout

Leroy Cunningham

Leroy Cunningham Involved In Shootout With Kansas Heroes

Kansas City, KS – An overnight standoff on Friday, December 09, 2016, occurred after a suspect barricaded himself inside a motel room and shot at responding Kansas City Officers.  The suspect, Jasper Leroy Cunningham, age 26, was eventually taken into custody.

According to news sources, Kansas City Officers responded to the the Hilton Garden Inn at 5th and Minnesota on a disturbance call. Hilton management had asked Cunningham to leave because he was creating a disturbance and he refused.  It was initially believed that there were two people inside the room but after the standoff ended, only Cunningham was found to have been inside the room.

Upon arrival, Kansas City Officers went to Cunningham’s room, located on the third floor, and knocked on the door. Cunningham then began shooting at the KCPD Officers through the door.  The KC Officers sought cover away from the room. Several rooms inside the motel were evacuated and the residents were taken to the Reardon Civic Center next door.  The area around the motel was blocked off, and the westbound I-70 ramp at Minnesota was closed during the incident.   There were about 100 residents in the motel at the time.

Around 3:14 a.m., Cunningham kicked out a room window and peeked out several times. Cunningham also fired shots at least three times at the KC Officers during the incident, who returned fire.  A drone with a camera was also used in an effort to observe the man’s movements inside the room.

Kansas City Police Officers fired tear gas into Cunningham’s room at about 6:00 a.m., and shortly afterward began communicating with him via a bullhorn  He said that he was going to come out of the room.  Patrick McCallop, Kansas City Police Officer,  said that “at that time he came out, but then he tried to exit out of the stairwell where one of our officers was at and we took him into custody then.”

Cunningham was shot at least once during the incident and taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Later on that same day, he  was charged with  two counts of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.  Bond was set at $600,000 and he is currently being held at the Wyandotte County Jail.  No Officers were injured during the incident, and the Officers that were involved have not been named.

We are grateful that none of the Kansas City Officers were injured during this incident, and commend them for their courage and commitment to the citizens of Kansas City.

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