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Former Kansas City, Kan., Policeman Identified As Victim of Shooting By Fellow Officers

Lionel Womack died after engaging in a struggle with KCKPD officers, officials claim.

A Former Kansas City, Kan., police detective has been identified as the man fatally shot on Monday (November 22) by KCKPD officers.

According to local station KSHB, the department says officers were responding to a call about a man acting strangely in the street at around 2:30. The 911 caller said the man, identified as 36-year-old Lionel Womack, was standing in the street, looking and pointing at the sky. As the caller drove toward him, he alleges Womack tried to jump in front of the vehicle.

Responding officers reportedly got in a struggle over an officer’s weapon when it went off, KSHB reports. Womack was shot and pronounced dead at a local hospital. Two officers involved were injured and treated at the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

KSHB reports that both officers were wearing body cameras and the incident was also captured on dash cams. The two officers have been placed on administrative leave.

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“He was just a good person all the way around,” Womack’s former father-in-law, Arthur Hayes said, adding he was in disbelief after being called to the scene. “He was a good guy, so I don’t understand any of this.”

Hayes’ daughter is Womack’s ex-wife. The couple reportedly had two children.

“He’s a good father to my grandkids,” Hayes added. “We don’t really know what’s going on. All we know is we got a phone call and told us to get down here. ... I don’t know the whole details or anything. All I know is he’s not here anymore.”

KCKPD Chief Karl Oakman says that on August 11, 2020, Womack was terminated from the KCKPD due to “personal issues.” He was promoted to detective in 2019 and had been with the department since 2007.

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