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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Developing: Another officer shot in Kansas City UPDATE

Kansas City, Kan. -- Another police officer has been shot Tuesday afternoon and is listed in critical condition, according to police chief Terry Zeigler. 

At around 2:00 p.m. Zeigler tweeted: 

We have an officer shot at 22nd & Haskell. Start prayers, unknown condition.

The officer shot was responding to an armed disturbance call a few miles from where he was shot. The call went out about the disturbance involving four males in a vehicle.

Officer Tom Tomasic spoke to local media (Fox 4) saying that he believes the officer was investigating the disturbance for around a half hour and spotted the vehicle or suspects near 22nd and Haskell. 

Fox 4's Katie Banks asked Tomasic whether the officer was alone or with a partner, since many police departments have decided officers should be in pairs following the recent ambushes police officers have experienced in Baton Rouge and Dallas.

"He was alone at the time; I don't want to go into details why. We don't know the situation yet. People need to be notified before I start giving out any details on that," Tomasic said.

Tomasic was asked if he believed this shooting was in any way related to the prior attacks but he said that it was too soon to know for certain.

"There's no way to know at this time. As far as we know, this started out as a crime that we were investigating, so to just say that he was shot for no reason, we don't know that yet. We do believe that he was investigating a crime so he was out there doing his service."

Police have one suspect in custody and are currently searching for another.

This is the second shooting of a police officer in the line of duty since the May 9th shooting of Det. Brad Lancaster.

Tomasic said, "It's hard. It's very hard right now, especially when it's someone that you, it's someone very close and you know them very well. Good friend, good person, knew him well, worked with him every day.

UPDATE: It was announced by the police chief that the officer has died. Please pray for him and his family.