A TODDLER was shot dead by a Missouri police officer during a hostage situation in a trailer home in Kansas, authorities said.
The tragic incident happened on March 26 when two-year-old Clessn Crawford and her mother were held at gunpoint by her father Eli Crawford, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said.
Authorities responded to the Cherokee County home around 7:15 p.m. after a woman called 911 and asked for help about a “domestic disturbance,” the KBI said.
Eli Crawford, 37, opened the door to his trailer when police arrived and slammed it when he saw the authorities.
The situation escalated when Clessnn opened the door again and her mother, Taylor Shuttle, 27, ran out of the trailer.
Crawford shot the woman dead before firing over 90 rounds at four police officers who did not return fire, officials said.
Authorities say Crawford was using multiple guns when he shot police.
Due to the high intensity, several authorities arrived at the scene, including the Joplin Police Department SWAT team.
Clessnn was killed when a Joplin police officer fired a single shot into the trailer, state officials said. Crawford died from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“This is a horrific outcome of what had already begun as a very tragic incident,” Joplin Police Chief Sloan Rowland said in a statement.
The statement did not explain why the officer fired the shot.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the affected families and the surrounding community. We ask you to pray for the victims and everyone involved.”
No law enforcement personnel were injured in the situation and an investigation is ongoing. the KBI said in a press release.
“We ask for the public’s patience while KBI agents finish their work. The incident is being thoroughly and independently investigated.
Autopsies of the deceased are also planned.
“Once it is complete, the results will be presented to the Cherokee County Attorney to determine if criminal charges will be filed.”
Clessnn was buried on Wednesday. Her obituary described her as “full of life and had a very bubbly personality. She was very loving and always happy.”
“Clessnn loved Minnie Mouse, her Binky, and never missed an opportunity to dance. She talked to you for days and was the definition of “A BOSS BABY”. She always loved to cuddle and although she was small she was very wild. Clessnn had the eyes of an angel and a smile that could warm anyone’s heart. There was never a dull moment with this sweet girl.”
Unfortunately, this is the latest tragedy for Clessnn’s family. As of February 2020, her 8- and 6-year-old cousins were Kynzee and Laynee Norris killed in a house fire.
Her older sister and grandfather managed to escape.
The damage was so extensive that investigators could not determine the cause, but it is believed that a burning wood stove could have been the cause.
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