Man killed by KCK officers tied to case of missing Overland Park woman

August 14, 2019 - 6:54 am

Police say an Overland Park man they shot and killed had reported to staff at a hotel that he had killed his wife and was heading to the Legends Outlets shopping center.

A manager at the Country Inn and Suites near the Kansas Speedway said Charles Pearson walked in around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and said he had killed his wife, was heavily armed, and that they should call the police. 

Kansas City, Kansas officers confronted Pearson on a roadway nearby and fired multiple shots. Pearson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Charles Pearson can be seen in these pictures from surveillance video at the Country Inn & Suites in KCK just minutes before he was shot and killed by police in a gunfight. Managment tells me he told them he killed his wife, was armed, and headed to Legends. @fox4kc

— Sherae Honeycutt (@sheraehoneycutt) August 13, 2019
"We both looked at each other and said, wow," said Cyndee Havlin, a hotel guest who said she saw Pearson leave in a vehicle. "It was very loud and he just squealed out."

Police found the suspect near State Avenue and Village West Parkway, said Officer Jonathon Westbrook. Pearson reportedly raised a rifle at officers and fired several shots before the officers killed him.

"This is very uncommon for KCKPD, for the metro area period, for officers to be involved in this type of situation," Westbrook said.

A recently-filed criminal damage complaint references Sylvia Pearson, a woman who has been missing since Monday. The Cass County Sheriff's Office said deputies were working with Overland Park police in a search of Representative Vicky Hartzler's property Tuesday.

No evidence was located on the property.

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