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BREAKING: Missouri Officer Murdered During Traffic Stop

North Kansas City, MO – A North Kansas City police officer was fatally shot during a traffic stop on Tuesday.

The shooting occurred at about 10:30 a.m. on July 19 when North Kansas City Police Officer Daniel Vasquez stopped a car that had an expired temporary license plate, WDAF reported.

North Kansas City Police Chief Kevin Freeman said the driver shot Officer Vasquez and then fled the scene in his vehicle.

He was arrested by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office after he turned himself in to police in Chillicothe at about 1:45 p.m., WDAF reported.

Authorities have not yet released the identity of the cop killer.

The wounded hero was transported to the hospital for treatment, but the North Kansas City Police Department announced that he had succumbed to his wounds at about 2:30 p.m.

Officer Vasquez was 32 years old and joined the police force in 2021, according to WDAF.

His murder was the first line-of-duty death for the North Kansas City Police Department.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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