Kansas City, Mo. police under fire over their use of lethal force.
The authorities in the state of Missouri have come under fire after two police-involved shootings resulted in three deaths over the span of an hour Thursday.
Kansas City police shot and killed two men who were fighting in a town square in less than an hour after officers fatally shot a woman, who allegedly holding a sword. Chief Rick Smith recognized the unusualness of the situation, noting that Kansas City police count of two to five officer-involved images per year.
“I just wanted people in this city know our employees are committed to go out here and protect the citizens of this city. Both incidents unfolded the protection of other citizens,” Smith said, adding that the officers “did what they thought was necessary.”
However, some leaders of the community are still looking for answers.
The Rev. Vernon Howard, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of greater Kansas City, said he has many questions for the police and is afraid that he will not have all the answers.
“It is clear to us that accountability is not coming from within,” Howard said. “There’s definitely got an independent review board.”
Howard said that he had just met with the families of the four people who were killed during an Independence, Mo., police chase earlier this month when he learned of the Thursday shootings, the Kansas City Star reported.
Details of the shooting were not immediately made clear.
The first death occurred when a woman caught in a barn for hours after someone called 911 to report a person with a sword. The police Capt. Lionel Colon said he wasn’t sure whether the woman actually had a sword at the time that she was killed and was not sure whether the woman out of the barn, or even inside it during the recordings.
Colon told the Associated Press that more details will be released Friday.
Officers were called to a downtown square later in the day, when two men were fighting over a golf cart and a gun, according to FOX4 KC. Colon said arriving officers were shot at and returned fire.
“It is a pity, but I do know we have a duty to protect the citizens of this city, and that is our job and that is what we need to do,” Smith said.
Both shootings will be investigated internally, according to The Star.
The Kansas City Police Department is not the only force under fire in the US.
Mesa, Arizona., police investigated as of late about their use of violence. Body camera videos will have the agency’s policies under the microscope for the third time in a week Thursday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.