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Police fatally shoot Kansas City man

Being accused of criminal activity or being caught committing a crime can be extremely stressful, causing some people to react in ways they normally wouldn't. The feeling of being trapped can be overwhelming for some, but staying calm and taking advantage of the right to remain silent can often help tremendously.

A recent situation turned out tragic after a man reacted suddenly during a burglary investigation. The 64-year-old Kansas City man was fatally shot by police officers on Thanksgiving Day. A Kansas City police officer shot the man shortly before 10 p.m. after he allegedly fired a gun at police officers investigating reports of a burglary.

When members of the Kansas City Police Department entered the house after the man was shot, they discovered the bodies of a 16-year-old girl and a 53-year-old woman. Police identified the woman as the man's wife and the girl as her goddaughter.

The girl was apparently visiting her godmother and helping her fix Thanksgiving dinner. The girl's family got concerned because they had not heard from her and sent her brother to the house to check on her.

When the girl's brother arrived at the house shortly before 10 p.m., he noticed it had a broken window and called police to report a possible burglary. Police officers allege the 64-year-old man began firing at them as soon as they arrived.

Police say the man worked for Habitat for Humanity. A former Kansas City councilwoman who knew the man says he worked with young adults and picked up food for a local food bank. The man had spent 20 months in federal prison from 2002 to 2004 for possession of crack cocaine and firearms, according to court documents. He was released in August 2004.

Although this situation turned tragic, a lot can be learned from the circumstances of the incident. Laws are specifically set up to protect those facing criminal charges and allegations and when being confronted by police, it is important to know your rights in order to protect your future.

Source: The Kansas City Star, "Man shot and killed in gunfight had a history with KC police," Mara Rose Williams, Nov. 27, 2011

Source: KCTV News 5, "16-year-old one of two found dead in home after burglary call," Micah Bray, Laura McCallister, Sandra Olivas, Betsy Webster, Nov. 26, 2011

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