KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas police officer who fatally shot and killed a former police detective during a fight will not be charged with a crime, officials said.
The Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office are investigating Lionel Womack’s November shoot and found no wrongdoing, the Kansas City Star reported. Jonathan Carter, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said Tuesday that no charges will be filed against the Kansas City officer who shot Womack.
Police said two officers confronted Womack following 911 calls about a man standing on a road pointing skyward and trying to jump past traffic. Seconds after confronting Womack, the former detective disarmed an officer and pointed the gun at him, leading the second officer to shoot Womack, investigators said.
The confrontation and the shooting were filmed by the police. Authorities have not released the names of the officers involved.
“Obviously they didn’t want to shoot him,” Police Chief Karl Oakman told The Star. “They tried everything they could.”
Womack had a tumultuous relationship with the Kansas City, Kansas police department. Womack was hired by the department in 2007, promoted to detective in 2018 and fired in August 2020 after numerous policy violations and conduct issues, the police chief said.
Shortly after his dismissal, Womack charged in excessive force trial that a Kiowa County Sheriff’s Deputy intentionally drove him on August 15, 2020, during an encounter that was captured on dashcam video. The MP denied the allegations and said he was entitled to qualified immunity.
Court records show that Womack’s wife, Z’iontae Womack, was replaced as plaintiff in this civil lawsuit, as administrator of her husband’s estate. She is also a detective with the same police department.
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