Leavenworth police shoot, seriously injure gunman: KBI


Leavenworth police shot and injured a man suspected of stabbing early Sunday, February 13, 2022, at the intersection of North 5th and Seneca streets. An April 2019 Google Maps Street View image shows the general area.

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An investigation is ongoing after police shooting and injured a gunman early Sunday morning in Leavenworth, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The shooting occurred as police searched for a suspect in a stabbing investigation in Lansing, Chief Patrick Kitchens said in a news release.

Officers found the suspect, who they believe was armed with a handgun, in the middle of the intersection of North 5th and Seneca streets around 5 a.m. A brief stalemate ensued, Kitchens said.

Officers from other departments arrived and attempted to negotiate with the man, later identified by the KBI as Donald Barden Jr., 31, of Leavenworth. Officers tried to get him to drop his gun, but he ignored their orders, the KBI said.

Barden “waved” the gun and made suicidal statements, the state agency said in a news release. At around 6:20 a.m., he ran towards officers “while pointing his gun in their direction,” the KBI said.

A police officer from Leavenworth, as well as an officer from the Lansing Police Department, shot at Barden, hitting him, according to the KBI. At the same time, another Leavenworth officer shot him.

Barden was taken to KU Medical Center in Kansas City with serious injuries, Kitchens said.

No officers were injured.

The KBI was tasked with investigating the shooting. Once its investigation is complete, the KBI will send its findings to the Leavenworth County Attorney’s Office.

The stars Luc Nozicka contributed to this report.

This story was originally published February 13, 2022 10:05 a.m.

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Anna Spoerre covers breaking news for the Kansas City Star. Prior to joining The Star, she covered crime and the courts for the Des Moines Register. Spoerre is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she studied journalism.