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Witnesses identifies KCK officer-involved shooting suspect

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Kansas City, Kansas police shot and killed a man on Tuesday who told a hotel manager that he had killed his wife and was heading toward the Legends Outlet shopping area.

Police are investigating two scenes, at the Country Inn & Suites and the entrance to Cerner's Continuous Campus. The exits from Interstate 435 to State Avenue are currently closed, according to police.

A "very angry and distraught" man entered the Country Inn & Suites near the Legends Outlet shopping area said he had killed his wife, said Jacob Honeycutt, general manager of the business.

"He said 'I'm heavily armed and very dangerous. I'm going to Legends. You better call police,'" Honeycutt said.

The man was not armed when he entered the Inn, said Honeycutt, who tried to follow the suspect but couldn't catch him before he got into a car and sped away, driving through stop signs before the confrontation with police.

Officer Jonathan Westbrook said the gunman was waiting at an intersection near State Avenue and Village West Parkway for police to arrive in a red Maserati.

"We were able to locate him so quickly because he was stationary," Westbrook said. "Given the information that he was heavily armed and dangerous, our officers were very tactical in how we approached the subject."

The man raised an assault-style rifle at officers, who tried to convince him to put it down, Westbrook said. Eventually the man fired several shots at the officers and they fired back, he said.

The number of rounds fired by the unidentified gunman and officers was not immediately known. No officers or bystanders were injured.

Law enforcement authorities were investigating to determine if the man had committed any earlier crimes, Westbrook said.

The Maserati on scene traced to a Charles Roy Pearson out of Overland Park, Kansas.

A search of Pearson's records in Johnson County, Kansas, returned previous charges of criminal damage, and included a mugshot photo of Pearson.

Honeycutt confirmed Peason is the same man involved in the shooting incident with Kansas City, Kansas, police Tuesday.

The criminal damage complaint filed against Pearson references a Sylvia Pearson. Police in Overland Park, Kansas, asked for assistance to locate a woman by the name of Sylvia Ann Ussery-Pearson. OPPD said Ussery-Pearson left her home Monday morning and had not returned.

A search of public records lists Charles Pearson and Sylvia Ussery-Pearson as living at the same Lenexa home at one point.

KMBC 9 News visited that home in Lenexa Tuesday afternoon and found it surrounded by police from both Lenexa and Overland Park. Officers later cleared that scene.

Ussery-Pearson has yet to be located.

Police in Kansas City, Kansas, continue to investigate after the officer-involved shooting.

According to a spokesperson with the Legends Outlets, the shopping area was placed on lock down until officers could clear the area. The shopping center is now open, however, police are asking individuals to stay away from the shooting scene during the investigation.

"As of 10:40 a.m., the KCKPD and KCKFD are clearing the scene, and Legends Outlets is operating as normal business," Legends Outlet said in a tweet. "Thank you to our security team, the KCKPD and KCKPD for keeping us safe."

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