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1 police officer killed, 3 wounded in separate shootings in US

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Officers investigate the scene where a police officer was shot and killed after a foot chase with a suspect on July 15, 2018, in Weymouth, Massachusetts. (AP photo)

One police officer was killed and three others were wounded in separate shootings in the US states of Massachusetts and Missouri, amid the gun violence and police brutality epidemics in the country.

A gunman being investigated in the killing of a university student from India shot and wounded three Kansas City police officers Sunday before dying in an exchange of gunfire with police, authorities said.

After shooting the two officers, the suspect fled in a vehicle with another person, Kansas City police spokesman Jake Becchina told The Associated Press.

The gunman remained at large until about an hour or so later, when he opened fire at officers from inside a house where he had barricaded himself, police said. A police detective was shot.

About 15 minutes later, the man emerged from the home and again opened fire. Officers fired back, fatally wounding him.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, had been identified as a person of interest in the slaying of a 25-year-old master’s degree student from India who was studying at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

Sharath Koppu was shot on July 6 during an armed robbery at a fast food restaurant where he worked.

In Weymouth, Massachusetts, a police officer and a bystander were also killed Sunday after a suspect allegedly took the officer’s gun after a vehicle crash and a foot chase, authorities said.

The officer, Michael Chesna, 42, was shot multiple times in the head and chest by his own gun and died from the injuries at a hospital, authorities said.

The other victim was an unidentified elderly woman who was hit by stray bullets in a nearby home, authorities said.

The incidents come as tensions have soared in Chicago over a police-involved shooting of an African-American man.

Protests erupted Saturday and continued Sunday after the Chicago police department released video footage of the police killing of 37-year-old Harith Augustus.

The footage appears to show the victim reaching for his firearm in his waistband before he is fatally shot. But the video runs less than a minute and does not include sound, making it unclear what exchanges occurred before the shooting.

The deadly encounter and the video’s release took place on the same day. Chicago's police superintendent Eddie Johnson says it was the fastest he's ever ordered body-worn camera video released.


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