US soldier stops gunman by running over him with a car

May 27, 2020 - 4:45 pm

Leavenworth, KS - An active-duty soldier stationed at Fort Leavenworth stopped a gunman Wednesday morning on Centennial Bridge in Leavenworth by running over him with a car.

Leavenworth police chief Patrick Kitchens says a man was randomly firing at passing vehicles with a handgun and a semi-automatic rifle.

One person, another soldier stationed at Fort Leavenworth, was wounded.

When police arrived, they found the suspect trapped under a car.

“There was an active duty soldier assigned to Fort Leavenworth waiting in traffic behind the event who saw the event unfold and determined it was an active shooter,” Kitchens said. “The soldier intervened by striking the shooter with his vehicle, causing him to be critically injured, ending the encounter with the active shooter and likely saving countless lives.”

Kitchens said the suspect in the shooting is a Platte County, Missouri, resident.

Kitchens said the victim was an unintentional victim.

“There doesn’t appear to be a target,” Kitchens said. “The person was simply, randomly firing at vehicles as they passed by.”

Both the victim and the suspect are in serious conditions in a Kansas City hospital, police said.

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