KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) – The man killed in a police shooting Monday in Kansas City, KS, was a detective with the KCK Police Department who was fired last year, police revealed Tuesday.
Officers were called at around 2:30 p.m. Monday for creating a disturbance in the middle of the street about a man at 57th Street and Toromee Avenue.
“There was a man in the middle of the road looking up at the sky and trying to jump in front of traffic,” Officer Marshi London said of the person who called 911.
When officers arrived, a confrontation ensued between the man and the police, in which the man tried to board the police car. A clash broke out later over an officer’s gun and the man was shot. He died after being taken to the regional hospital, police said.
Addressing the public on Tuesday, KCK Police Chief Carl Oakman said the man killed was a former KCK Police officer. Lionel Womack, who was fired from the department in August 2020 over undisclosed issues, Oakman said he could not provide details about it.
Womack began his career with the KCK Police Department in 2007 at the age of 21. He was promoted to detective in 2018.
During the confrontation, one officer sustained some sort of bullet injury in the leg, and the other was injured in the clash. Both were treated and discharged from a nearby hospital, the chief said. Both officers were placed on administrative leave, which is standard in incidents of police-related shootings.
Family members stood by the crime tape on Monday, hugging, crying and trying to make sense of it.
“He was an officer and then became a spy,” said Arthur Hayes.
Hayes said the man killed is her daughter’s ex-husband.
“He was a good guy, a good guy. So I don’t understand any of it,” Hayes said.
KCK Police is investigating the incident with the Wyandote County Sheriff’s Office.
The former detective made headlines last year when he sued the Keiowa County Sheriff’s Office over an incident in which a deputy ran after him on a field in Kansas. The incident happened four days after Womack was fired from the department.
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Womack’s family issued the following statement:
The family of Lionel Womack thank the members of the Kansas City community for your support after yesterday’s devastating loss.
They are asking for privacy and your prayers, as they grieve.
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