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Police ID man shot, killed in confrontation with police

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Police were called to the area of Independence and Myrtle avenues about 4:45 a.m. on a suspicious man possibly armed with a gun. Police were called to the area of Independence and Myrtle avenues about 4:45 a.m. on a suspicious man possibly armed with a gun.
Kansas City police identified the man as 28-year-old Eugene N. Turner III, of Kansas City. Kansas City police identified the man as 28-year-old Eugene N. Turner III, of Kansas City.
Initially, police could not find anyone, but minutes later a foot chase began with the man, and the shooting took place a block south at East Sixth Street and Myrtle Avenue. (Brix Fowler/KCTV5 News) Initially, police could not find anyone, but minutes later a foot chase began with the man, and the shooting took place a block south at East Sixth Street and Myrtle Avenue. (Brix Fowler/KCTV5 News)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

One man is dead after he was shot by Kansas City police early Sunday morning on the city's northeast side.

Kansas City police identified the man as 28-year-old Eugene N. Turner III, of Kansas City.

Police were called to the area of Independence and Myrtle avenues about 4:45 a.m. on a suspicious man possibly armed with a gun.

Initially, police could not find anyone, but minutes later a foot chase began with Turner, and the shooting took place a block south at East Sixth Street and Myrtle Avenue.

After the shooting, paramedics were called, but Turner died at the scene. Police said a handgun was found in close proximity to the suspect.

Police said Turner fired several rounds at officers before being shot and killed. It is unknown why he was walking the streets carrying a gun, police said.

The victim's sister told KCTV5 News that the story the police are giving for how it happened just isn't true.

"That is a lie. That is ridiculous. They didn't have to do that to him. They did not have to shoot him like that," said the woman who asked not to be identified.

She claims her two brothers were driving to a hotel, and two officers pulled them over. Her brother then got out of the car and started running. After a short chase, police shot and killed him.

Witnesses also told KCTV5 that Turner was hit more than 10 times, including in the head.

"They did not have to do that. They could have used a stun gun, shot him in his leg, anything. Over 10 times, that's ridiculous," she said. "He was a good person. He loved his kids. He loved me and his kids."

A Kansas City Police Department spokesman said making a decision to shoot a suspect is one of the hardest decisions an officer has to make.

"Law enforcement is a difficult profession. There are situations where officers do have to discharge their weapon. I can tell you from experience, it is something we don't ever want to do, but situations do arise," Det. Kevin Boehm said.

However, the officer-involved shooting doesn't sit right with many of the people who live in the neighborhood. Two men who witnessed the aftermath of the shooting are angry at the police.

"It is just not right," Freddie Nevels said.

Nevels and Mohammed Mustafa have lived near East Sixth Street and Myrtle Avenue for most of their lives. They say they both witnessed a new horror when police shot a man on the run.

"I was thinking someone was out there doing a drive-by, like they were playing Call of Duty outside. We came outside and there were three squad cars and a dude in the middle of the street," Mustafa said.

The two said they never saw the gun police say Turner was carrying. They say the police left his body in the street for several hours during the investigation.

"I saw the dude take his last breath in front of me," Mustafa said.

Nevels and Mustafa say the police department's actions make them feel unsafe.

"I got to walk around thinking, 'I'm going to be next? If I say something wrong to the police. how do I know they're not going to pull out a gun and shoot me?'" Mustafa said.

The department has placed the two officers involved on paid administrative leave, which is normal procedure in all officer-involved shootings.

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