Young Kansas girl killed after chase, shootout

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Associated Press

Posted on July 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 19 at 7:00 PM

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A 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.

Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens says initial reports might be inaccurate. Those reports said a 30-year-old man who took Cadence Harris from her home fired the shot that killed the girl.

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.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1kGcg0L) reports the chase crossed the Missouri River into Leavenworth, where it ended at a construction site.

The Leavenworth police chief says the man was wounded in a shootout with police and was taken to a Kansas City hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.

177-a-15-(Chief Patrick Kitchens, Leavenworth Police Department, at news conference)-"investigation has unfolded"-Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens says investigators are still working to determine how a 5-year-old girl, who'd been abducted was fatally shot, after her abductor led police on a high-speed chase. COURTESY: KCTV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (19 Jul 2014)

<<CUT *177 (07/19/14)££ 00:15 "investigation has unfolded"

179-a-14-(Chief Patrick Kitchens, Leavenworth Police Department, at news conference)-"perpetrated , uh, the shooting"-Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens says police aren't yet saying that the suspect, who fired at police, also shot the child. COURTESY: KCTV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (19 Jul 2014)

<<CUT *179 (07/19/14)££ 00:14 "perpetrated , uh, the shooting"

178-a-13-(Chief Patrick Kitchens, Leavenworth Police Department, at news conference)-"a better sense"-Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens says police are not yet ready to say who fired the bullet that killed the little girl who'd been taken from her home. COURTESY: KCTV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (19 Jul 2014)

<<CUT *178 (07/19/14)££ 00:13 "a better sense"

180-a-11-(Chief Patrick Kitchens, Leavenworth Police Department, at news conference)-"officer-involved shooting"-Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens says there were many officers from several jurisdictions involved in the chase, but two officers from his department are the ones who were shooting at the suspect. COURTESY: KCTV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (19 Jul 2014)

<<CUT *180 (07/19/14)££ 00:11 "officer-involved shooting"

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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