Missing Kansas woman's body found hours after husband fatally shot by police

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Charles Pearson (left) and Sylvia Ussery-Pearson Charles Pearson (left) and Sylvia Ussery-Pearson
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The Latest on police fatally shooting a man near a popular shopping area (all times local):

1:18 p.m.

Police have found a woman's body in Arkansas after police fatally shot her estranged husband near a popular shopping area in Kansas City, Kansas.

Police in Overland Park, Kansas, said Wednesday that the body of 49-year-old Sylvia Ussery-Pearson was found Tuesday night in Arkansas Benton County. The discovery was made hours after 51-year-old Charles Pearson walked into a Country Inn & Suites and told the general manager he killed his wife. The former Army Ranger said he was armed and heading to the nearby Legends Outlet shopping district.

Police in Kansas City, Kansas, said that when law enforcement confronted Pearson at a nearby intersection, he fired several shots at officers, who returned fire and killed him.

Ussery-Pearson had been missing since Monday. Police say her death is believed to be a homicide but the cause hasn't been released.

10:09 a.m.

Kansas City, Kansas, police have identified a man they fatally shot near a popular shopping area after he said he had killed his wife.

Police on Wednesday said 51-year-old Charles Pearson, of nearby Johnson County, was the man who walked into a Country Inn & Suites Tuesday and told the general manager he killed his wife. He said he was armed and heading to the nearby Legends Outlet shopping district.

Kansas City, Kansas, police spokesman Jonathon Westbrook said when law enforcement confronted Pearson at a nearby intersection, he fired several shots at officers, who returned fire and killed him.

Overland Park police said Tuesday they were searching for 49-year-old Sylvia Ussery-Pearson, who hasn't been seen since leaving her home Monday. Ussery-Pearson is listed in 2018 property records as Pearson's wife.


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Kansas City, Kansas police say officers shot and killed a man who was armed with an assault rifle near a popular shopping and dining area.

Officer Jonathan Westbrook said officers were called to the Country Inn and Suites near the Legends Outlet shopping district after a manager reported a heavily armed man came into the business and said he had killed his wife.

The man then left the inn.

Westbrook said the man was armed with an assault rifle when officers found him. He says the man fired at police, they shot and killed him.

Westbrook says police are working to determine whether the man had killed his wife.

No police officers were injured. Police say the suspect didn't make it into the Legends businesses.


 

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