KANSAS CITY, Missouri.- A woman from the state of Missouri was arrested last week after escaping their handcuffs and robbing a squad car before a shootout at the Kansas City International Airport that injured an officer, according to reports.
Lacy Perry of Independence, Missouri, was charged in Platte County with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, disarming a police officer, and other related offensesas reported by Fox station WDAF in Kansas City.
Also arrested was Kevin Bloom of Warrensburg, Missouri, charged with third degree assault and resisting arrestalong with other charges.
Court documents cited by WDAF indicate that a Kansas City officer saw a white van without license plates Leaving the cheap parking lot at the airport around 5:15 a.m.
Inside the unit were Bloom and Perry, who they refused to stop when the officer activated the police car’s emergency lights and sirens.
Later, the officer was able to get in front of the white van, driven by Bloom, to reduce its speed, howeverBloom hit the patrol, according to court documents. Given this, the officer applied a maneuver called “boxes” in which the fleeing car is forced to make a turn, causing Bloom to lose control of the truck and crash into a light pole.
Instead of stopping, Bloom tried to walk away and presumably hit the police vehicle again.
He got rid of the handcuffs and tried to flee in the patrol
The officers managed to arrest Bloom and Perry, handcuffed the latter and they got into the back of a patrol car. Bloom resisted, and the officer who placed Perry in the back of the police car came over to help immobilize Bloom.
Perry took advantage of the fact that she was alone in the vehicle to free herself from the handcuffs, get into the driver’s seat and drive away. At one point, the woman stopped and called for Bloom to get into the police car, however, he did not comply, according to WDAF.
The officers focused their attention on Perry, drew their weapons, and ordered him out of the car. Perry refused and the officers approached the vehicle. The woman he pounced on the gun of one of the policemen while the other officer was attempting to remove Perry from the vehicle, according to reports.
After the woman tried to remove the pistol from the officer’s holster, the weapon fired and injured the officer in the leg. WDAF notes that investigators have not clarified whether Perry’s hands were on the gun when it allegedly fired itself.
Perry pleaded not guilty to the crimes and is scheduled to return to court on January 3. Meanwhile, Bloom appeared in court on Monday, pleaded not guilty and is expected to return to court on Tuesday, according to WDAF.