Suspect in Sharath’s killing shot dead in U.S.

A suspect in the killing of 25-year-old Indian student Sharath Koppu in Kansas City was killed in an exchange of fire with the police, leaving three undercover officers injured, US authorities said on Monday. Sharath was fatally shot in the back on July 6 during a suspected robbery attempt at a restaurant in Missouri where he worked. The police officials on Sunday found the suspect involved in the shooting, but when two undercover officers conducting surveillance approached the man, he shot at them with a rifle and fled, leaving both injured,
Kansas City Star
reported.

That encounter touched off a series of gunfights between the suspect, whose name was not released, and the police. In all, three officers were injured and the potential suspect was killed, the report said. The three officers’ wounds were not life-threatening, police said.

The attack on the two undercover officers started at a motel in east Kansas City. The shootings continued for an hour and ended after the suspect’s death, it added. The homicide detectives had released surveillance video of a possible suspect within a day. A few tips came in. Soon, the police identified the man they called a person of interest.

Detectives were looking for the man all week, Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith was quoted as saying.

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