Kansas City man facing felony charges for shooting incident that sparked big police search in Mission Hills Saturday

Jay Senter - August 20, 2018 7:35 am
Matthew Harold Powell

A Kansas City man was booked in Johnson County jail Saturday facing felony charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer following a shooting incident in Mission Hills early Saturday that brought police from all over the metro to the Indian Hills Country Club area.

Matthew Harold Powell, 43, is being held on $50,000 bail after being taken into custody around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, approximately three hours after a report of a man suffering mental health problems brought police to the 3000 block of W. 69th Street. Prairie Village Police Department officers say that when they arrived on the scene, a subject fired shots and then ran away.

Following the shots, police put out a call for “all county assistance,” which prompted critical incident response team units from across the area to descend on Mission Hills to conduct a search for the shooter. At least two armored personnel carriers as well as police drones were used in the search, and law enforcement evacuated employees from the Indian Hills Country Club facilities as a precaution.

“A perimeter was set-up with the assistance of a number of outside agencies,” said Prairie Village police in a release on the incident. “The subject was taken into custody without incident. The subject was transported to an area hospital for a mental health evaluation and pending charges through the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office.”

An arraignment hearing in the case is set for 1:30 p.m. today in Johnson County District Court.

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