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Kansas City Detective Shot and Killed as Suspect Leads Cops on Wild Chase

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A man shot and killed a Kansas City detective on Monday and then led cops on a wild chase through two states, authorities said.

The Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department first responded to a report of a suspicious person near the Hollywood Casino around noon (11 a.m. ET).

As patrol cars arrived the suspect, who police believe is named Curtis Ayers, fled and officers called for additional help.

The detective joined the group of officers chasing Ayers, who then opened fire and struck the detective several times, NBC affiliate KSHB reported.

The KCK Fraternal Order of Police Lodge identified the detective as Brad Lancaster a Facebook post:

Lancaster succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital about an hour later, authorities said.

Ayers fled the scene in the detective's unmarked vehicle but crashed it nearby and quickly carjacked another vehicle with a mother and two children still inside, according to KSHB.

The mother and children escaped unharmed but Ayers kept running, authorities said.

In nearby Kansas City, MO, police there had been listening as the ordeal unfolded over the radio, KCMOPD Public Information Officer Darin Snapp said.

"Around 2:30 p.m. CT, one of our patrol officers observed a car matching the description of the car involved in the shooting driving on 71 highway," Snapp said. "The officer got behind the car and it sped away, he was able to observe the license plate."

Curtis Ayers is suspected of shooting and killing a Kansas City, Kansas, detective. Kansas City Police Dept.

Once the officer confirmed the car was the same that had been hijacked, he gave chase down Route 71 until the suspect tried to take an off-ramp and crashed into some pillars, Sapp said. The driver then ditched the vehicle and ran up an embankment with a shotgun in his hand, back to the highway.

"He attempted to hijack another car. He fired into the vehicle through the windshield of the car," Snapp said. "He hit the female driver in the shoulder."

The officer who had been in pursuit reached Ayers just as he was shooting into the new car, and fired and struck the suspect multiple times.

Ayers is listed in serious condition at a local hospital and is expected to survive, the woman motorist he shot is also expected to survive, Snapp said.

"This individual was very dangerous. We are so happy that this individual is in custody. Thanks to the collaboration and hard work of our Kansas partners in law enforcement. We are so glad this situation has come to an end," KCMOPD spokeswoman Sgt. Kari Thompson told KSHB.