An officer was wounded in a shooting at Kansas City International Airport last week after a Missouri woman escaped handcuffs and stole a police vehicle.
Kansas City’s Fox station, WDAF, reported Lacy Perry of Independence, Missouri, was charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, disarming a police officer, and other offenses in Platte County.
A third-degree assault charge was filed against Kevin Bloom, also of Warrensburg, Missouri. Bloom was also charged with resisting arrest.
KCI officers observed a white pickup truck without a license plate leave the economy parking lot at the airport at around 5:15 a.m., according to court documents reviewed by WDAF.
When the officer activated the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights and sirens, Bloom and Perry refused to stop.
Bloom’s white truck was eventually slowed down by the officer when he got in front of it. According to court documents, Bloom struck a patrol car. Bloom lost control of the truck and crashed into a light pole after the officer performed what is called a pit maneuver, which forces a fleeing car to turn sideways.
Bloom, rather than stopping, drove away and hit the police car again, according to police.
Bloom and Perry were arrested, with Perry being handcuffed and placed in the back of a squad car. Bloom resisted, and the officer who placed Perry in the back of the squad car went to assist in the arrest of Bloom.
In the patrol car alone, Perry escaped the handcuffs, got into the driver’s seat, and drove away. At one point, she stopped and asked Bloom to get into the car, but he refused.
Upon turning their attention to Perry, police pulled out their guns and ordered her out of the car. However, Perry refused and officers approached the vehicle. As another officer attempted to get Perry out of the vehicle, Perry lunged at the gun of that officer.
As Perry attempted to take the firearm out of the officer’s holster, it fired and shot the officer in the leg.
It has not been confirmed whether Perry’s hands were on the gun when it went off, according to WDAF.
According to WDAF, Bloom appeared in court on Monday and entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
On Jan. 3, Perry is scheduled to appear in court again after pleading not guilty to her alleged crimes.