OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — An officer and a suspect in a hit-and-run have died in an exchange of gunfire in Kansas, police said.
Overland Park police Officer Mike Mosher died in a hospital Sunday evening, Police Chief Frank Donchez said.
Mosher was off-duty but in uniform when he took off in pursuit of a suspect after an apparent hit-and-run. The suspect stopped his vehicle, Mosher approached and a shootout began, police spokesman Officer John Lacy said.
The suspect was identified Monday as Phillip Michael Carney, 38, of Overland Park, Kansas. Carney died at the scene.
An interagency Johnson County team tasked with investigating police shootings will handle the case, the police chief said.
Mosher was with the Overland Park department for nearly 15 years, and was named officer of the year in 2019. He is survived by a wife and daughter.
“But I know that I speak for Mike when I say that he was proud to be a police officer. It’s all he ever wanted to do. He loved what he did,” Donchez said, adding that Mosher was good at his job.
The police department had not lost an officer in the line of duty since 1985.
Mosher’s death “is a tragic reminder of the enormous debt of gratitude we owe the men and women in law enforcement for protecting our communities,” Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a statement.”
Overland Park is near the Missouri state line and part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.