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Kansas City International Airport Officer Shot After Woman Slips Handcuffs, Steals Patrol Car

Kansas City, MO – A female suspect slipped her handcuffs and managed to steal a patrol vehicle after a wild pursuit last Friday, then got into a fight with police that ended after one of the officers was shot.

The chaos began at approximately 5:15 a.m. on Dec. 16, when a Kansas City Aviation Department Airport Police Division (KCI) officer spotted a white 1989 pickup truck without license plates leaving one of the Kansas City International Airport’s economy parking lots, KSN reported.

The driver of the vehicle was later identified as 40-year-old Kevin Bloom, according to police.

Lacy Perry, 39, was also riding in the suspect vehicle at the time of the encounter, The Kansas City Star reported.

Police said they activated their lights and sirens and attempted to pull the truck over, but that Bloom refused to stop.

The suspect then allegedly barreled through a secured gate and sped off towards the airport, triggering a pursuit, KSN reported.

A KCI officer attempted to slow the fleeing truck by driving around it, at which point Bloom rammed his truck into the patrol unit, according to court documents.

The officer was able to execute a precision immobilization technique (PIT) maneuver to cause Bloom to lose control of the vehicle near Bern Street and NW Cookingham Road, KSN reported.

Bloom crashed into a light pole but was still able to ram the patrol unit a second time in a failed effort to escape, according to police.

Officers swarmed the suspect vehicle and Perry was soon handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car, KSN reported.

The officer who arrested her then jumped in to help assist with arresting Bloom, who police said was being combative.

While the officer was away from the patrol car, Perry allegedly slipped out of her handcuffs and got behind the wheel of the police unit, then started to drive away, according to court documents.

Police said she then stopped, backed the stolen patrol car up, and yelled at Bloom to jump in, KSN reported.

Bloom held back, at which point the officers approached the patrol unit with their duty weapons drawn and ordered Perry to get out of the car, according to police.

The suspect refused, so the officers moved in and tried to forcibly remove her, KSN reported.

Police said that’s when Perry lunged at one of the officer’s guns and tried to disarm the officer.

The officer told investigators she pulled the weapon back towards her holster and was attempting to secure it when the gun discharged, hitting her in her upper right thigh, KSN reported.

It is unclear whether Perry’s hands were on the gun when it was fired.

The officer was transported to a local hospital and is expected to recover, KSN reported.

A second officer received minor injuries in the crash that ended the chase, according to KSHB.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas tweeted about the incident later that night.

“We were reminded this morning of the danger our officers face each day with the shooting of a KCI Airport Police Department Officer,” Lucas wrote. “While we believe the injuries are non-life threatening, we will pray for a full recovery for the officer and for the safety of all her colleagues.”

Perry was arrested on charges of disarming a peace officer, first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, and resisting arrest by fleeing and creating a substantial risk of injury, The Kansas City Star reported.

Bloom was also charged with multiple counts, including resisting arrest and third-degree assault, KSN reported.

Their bonds were set at $50,000 each, according to The Kansas City Star.

A Kansas City International Airport spokesperson said the incident marked the first shooting involving a KCI police officer, KSHB reported.

The Kansas City Police Department is handling the ongoing investigation.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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