Teenagers said they were checking on a 17-year-old friend who posted suicidal messages on social media, when they came upon police in an Overland Park neighborhood.
Overland Park Police said officers were called to 149th Terrace and England to check on a person who reportedly threatened to harm himself. When officers arrived at the house, the garage door opened and a vehicle exited, moving rapidly toward officers. An officer fired, killing the male behind the wheel.
Family members identified that individual as 17-year-old Blue Valley Northwest Junior John Albers.
In a statement, the Albers family said they are grieving the loss of John.
"We are heartbroken at the lossof our beloved son, John. We truly appreciate the outpouring of support fromfriends, family and community. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers and forrespecting our privacy during this very difficult time.
John was loved by many. Visitation istentatively set for 1:00 - 3:00 at McGilley Memorial Chapel at 123rd and StateLine Rd on Friday, January 26th. Funeral mass immediately following at St.Francis Xavier Catholic Church in KC, MO."
Blue Valley School District Officials said counseling staff will be available to students on Monday.
John's mother was also a principal at a middle school in the Blue Valley School District.
Overland Park Police said the officer involved in the incident was not harmed.
"The officer is fine, very shook up as you can imagine. Anytime this happens, officers are very upset that it had to happen," said Captain Keith Jenkins.
The officer who fired the shots was placed on paid administrative leave. The Johnson County Officer Involved Shooting Team is investigating this incident.