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The Kansas City police captain in charge of hostage situations and standoffs used to tell me patience was his best weapon. And he'd tally his success by the number of peaceful resolutions. It didn't work every time:
Man dies during standoff with KC police
A man who exchanged gunfire with police inside a Kansas City home this morning has died, police announced shortly before 10:30 a.m.
They were investigating whether the man was hit during the exchange of gunfire or whether he later killed himself. Police described him as a 21-year-old father of two with a third child on the way.
The incident began about 6:15 a.m. when someone called 911 to report a disturbance involving a man with a gun at a house near 29th Street and Highland Avenue. When officers arrived, all the occupants were outside. One man broke from the group and ran back inside as officers followed.
After the man threatened to kill himself with a knife, the officers called in a police negotiator. At 7:24 a.m., the man fired at police and the officers returned fire. No officers were hit.
After hearing nothing from the man for hours, police found him dead.