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Kidnapped 5-Year-Old Girl Killed in Police Shootout

It's unclear whose bullets struck Cadence Harris at the end of a high-speed pursuit, authorities said.
Image: Cadence (Cady) Harris
Cadence "Cady" Harris Courtesy Christina Harris

A 5-year-old girl was killed in a shootout between her abductor and police officers after a high-speed chase that ended in a construction area in Leavenworth, Kansas, authorities said Saturday. Chief Patrick Kitchens told a news conference that it was unclear whose bullets killed Cadence Harris, NBC station KSHB of Kansas City reported. The chase began early Friday evening in Atchison, Kansas, and led briefly into Missouri, then back into Kansas before ending when the suspect’s car got stuck in the construction area, Kitchens said. The suspect and police then exchanged fire, and the suspect was wounded.

Kitchens said that despite early reports that the suspect fired on the girl during the shootout, it was not clear whose bullets killed her. He said police were not commenting on where the girl was kidnapped from, but he said there was some sort of relationship between the girl and the suspect. He also did not identify the suspect, who was reported in serious condition in a hospital.



— Gil Aegerter