17-Year-Old John Albers Killed By Johnson County Officer During Suicide Call

Johnson County Kansas Police Officer shot and killed 17-year-old John Alders during a welfare check for suicide

  • A friend called 911 after witnessing Alders taking pills, drinking heavy and threatening self-harm on FaceTime

  • When officers were approaching the house the garage door opened and Albers was allegedly driving his vehicle towards an officer

  • The officer has been placed on administrative leave while an investigation into the shooting is conducted

On Saturday, a Johnson County Police Officer shot and killed 17-year-old John Albers after responding to a welfare check after regarding a suicide threat witnessed on FaceTime.

Albers, a youth soccer player who attended Blue Valley Northwest High School, was seen on FaceTime taking pills, drinking heavily, and threatening self-harm. According to The Kansas City Star, the dispatcher was told, “He took pills, and (was) drinking heavily. He (the 911 caller) saw this on FaceTime. He (Albers) also told (the 911 caller) that he was going to stab himself and he’s done with life.”

The Overland Park Police Department claims that upon arriving on the scene located on the 9300 block of W. 149th Terrace, the garage door opened as officers approached the house. A vehicle came out of the garage and moved “rapidly” towards an officer. At that point, an unnamed OPPD officer discharged his weapon and fatally wounded Albers, who died at the scene, according to a statement from OPPD on January 20. Unconfirmed reports claim the officer fired as many as 13 shots at the teenage boy.

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January 20, 2018

Officer Involved Shooting

On January 20th, 2018 the Overland Park Police Department responded to the 9300 block of W.149th Terrace reference a welfare check of a suicidal male. As the responding officers approached the residence to make contact, the garage door opened and a vehicle exited the garage, moving rapidly toward one of the responding officers. The officer discharged his service weapon striking the male driver. The driver died at the scene.

The Johnson County Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team (OISIT) in conducting the investigation. The officers were uninjured and the officer involved was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. The deceased male name is not being released at this time. If you have any information or witnessed this incident you are asked to call the Overland Park Police Department at 913-895-6300 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS

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Public Information Officer

On January 21, OPPD confirmed the victim of the shooting to be Alders in a second statement.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 21, 2018

Officer Involved Shooting: UPDATE

The individual from the shooting which occurred on January 20th, 2018 in the 9300 block of W.149th Terrace has been identified as John Albers (17 years old) of Overland Park, Kansas. The Johnson County Officer Involved Shoot Team will continue to investigate this incident.

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The Kansas City Star also reported that Alders “had been released to his parents earlier this month after he’d been charged in a misdemeanor domestic violence complaint involving a girl. His release was conditional, including requirements he refrain from alcohol, drugs and vaping, and that he participate in mental health treatment and take his medications as prescribed.”

He had been charged previously in 2016 in a domestic violence complaint involving his mother and another family member. That juvenile division case was dismissed.

On Sunday, Albers family released the following statement.

We are heartbroken at the loss of our beloved son, John. We truly appreciate the outpouring of support from friends, family, and community. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers and for respecting our privacy during this very difficult time. John was loved by many. Visitation is tentatively set for 1:00 – 3:00 at McGilley Memorial Chapel at 123rd and State Line Rd on Friday, January 26th. Funeral mass immediately following at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in KC, MO.

The shooting is the second time in under a month that Kansas is making headlines for a troubling police shooting. On December 28, an officer from the Wichita Police Department shot and killed 28-year-old Andrew Finch after responding to a prank “swatting” call. On Tuesday, the Finch family’s attorney, Andrew Stroth, announced a federal lawsuit against the City of Wichita for Andrew’s wrongful death.

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