Killed – Michelle L. Russell (Kansas City, MO)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Independence police have identified a teenager whose body was found in a car early Friday after a shooting in Kansas City.

Michelle Russell, 19, was found near Center Point Medical Center after an unusual series of incidents.

Kansas City police said officers were called to a motel in the 8200 block of Northwest Prairie View Road about 9:30 p.m. Thursday on a reported shooting. Police said they could not find a victim.

“Information was then received that a vehicle containing a shooting victim had arrived at North Kansas City Hospital. That vehicle then left the hospital without dropping off the shooting victim,” Kansas City police Capt. Tye Grant said in a news release.

Police found the vehicle near 35th Street and Jackson Avenue in Independence about 4 a.m., and Russell was dead inside.

Police had been looking for Bravard on a Platte County warrant for failure to appear in a case involving stolen property.

They also wanted to question him in the Nov. 21 death of 19-year-old Michelle L. Russell, who was shot at a Northland motel. Her body was found hours later in a car near Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence.

A man sought for questioning in regard to 19-year-old Michelle Russell’s death and also involved in a police standoff has died, acccording to Kansas City Police Captain Tye Grant.

Joel Bravard, 26, died from a gun shot injury sustained in last week’s standoff with Kansas City Police, says Grant.

As previously reported, Kansas City Police were conducting a residence check last Thursday morning at the 500 block of North Lawndale Avenue in Kansas City to serve a Platte County warrant for a wanted subject. Once police arrived at the residence, they were greeted by gunfire from a person inside. Police were still outside at the time and one officer was shot in the leg. He was later treated for his injury and released. Eventually officers surrounded the residence. Once inside they found Bravard with a life-threatening gun shot wound. He was taken to a hospital. Grant reports that Bravard died at the hospital.

A man who was in a shootout with Kansas City police on Dec. 19 and who died later in a hospital killed himself, police said Friday, citing autopsy results.

Joel D. Bravard, 26, was found shot in the head inside a house after he allegedly shot a police officer in the leg when officers went to question him. Bravard died four days later.

Police found the body of a man inside a south Kansas City home early Friday after he allegedly threatened to kill himself and any officers responding to a disturbance.

A standoff began shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday when officers responded to the disturbance in the 500 block of East 129th Terrace. Arriving officers discovered that the man, in his late 60s, reportedly had fired shots and threatened suicide. He also allegedly called 911 twice and threatened to shoot officers, police said.

After the man refused to come out of the house, police initiated a tactical response for a barricaded person called an Operation 100.

During the standoff, the man allegedly fired at police six times, with several bullets striking near officers. One officer crossing the back yard saw snow explode near his feet from a bullet. Another bullet struck the front fender of a police car.

As tactical officers prepared to fire a pepper spray canister into the house, the man reportedly pointed his gun out a front window at the officers. A sniper then fired at the gunman, who retreated.

After that, an officer heard what sounded like a gunshot inside the house, police said.

Officers entered the house at 3 a.m. Friday and found the man’s body with a head wound. Police did not release his name. Detectives were awaiting the medical examiner’s report to determine whether the fatal shot was self-inflicted..


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