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Prosecutor: Woman shot by Kansas City police was armed


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas woman who was shot and wounded by Kansas City, Missouri, police last week has been charged with several counts.

The Jackson County prosecutor's office charged Leonna Hale, 26, of Kansas City, Kansas, with unlawful firearm possession, exhibiting a firearm and resisting arrest, the Kansas City Star reported.

The prosecutor’s office said police body camera video of the shooting showed Hall was holding a gun in her right hand Friday as police tried to arrest her in connection with a reported carjacking that had occurred in Kansas City, Kansas.

Police have said officers were approaching a car in a store parking lot that matched the description of the one carjacked. Police said a man and a woman, later identified as Hale, fled from the vehicle. Both officers fired at Hale in the parking lot as she fled holding the gun, police said.

Investigators said in court documents that Hale denied ever having a gun when she was interviewed by Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers. She declined to participate in a follow-up interview when contacted a second time after detectives reviewed the body camera footage, according to the court documents.