Relatives: Victims might have lived if KC standoff was shorter

July 19, 2019 - 9:57 am

Relatives are questioning why police waited two hours to bust into a Kansas City, Kansas, market where two people lay dying and arrest the gunman holed up inside.

The Kansas City Star reports that Christina Bennett-Smith says her uncle, Dennis Edwards, who owned the market, and customer Lachell Day could be alive if police entered the building sooner. Day's friend, 39-year-old Jermelle Andre-Lamont Byers, is charged with first-degree and second-degree murder and other counts in the July 10 attack.

Police say a responding officer shot Byers once after he pointed a handgun. Byers then retreated and was arrested after a standoff. Day, who was 42, died the next day. Edwards, who was 62, died at the scene.

Police defended officers' actions, saying they responded as quickly as they could.

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