Blake Bowman's mother disputes police account of son's death

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Kansas City police say

Police say Blake Bowman was holding his mother hostage when a sniper killed him. His mother says he was surrendering.
  • Police say Blake Bowman was holding his mother hostage when a sniper killed him. His mother says he was surrendering.
Blake Bowman was shot and killed by a police sniper while allegedly holding his mother hostage at knife-point on February 18.

But Bowman's mother, Marsha Sauber, told the Kansas City Call a different story.

Sauber told the reporter Eric L. Wesson that her son had dropped the knife and agreed to surrender to police.

Sauber said Bowman, 18, was walking out the door of her home in the 10900 block of East

51st Street when he was fatally shot.

"He had a knife and was trying to kill himself but I talked him out of

it. He had put the knife down. We were headed out of the door when

police shot through the window and killed him," she said.

Kansas City police are standing by their original story. Police spokesman Officer Darin Snapp tells The Pitch that the KCPD's investigation revealed the following:
Blake

was standing inside the glass storm door holding a knife to his

mother's neck when he was shot one time through the glass door. More

than one officer witnessed Blake threatening his mother's life at the

time of the shooting. Blake's mother has yet to give a statement to

detectives.

Snapp added that the KCPD is still hoping to speak with Bowman's mother.

At

the time of his death, Bowman was considered a suspect in an armed

carjacking. Officers spotted him near 46th Street and Sterling Avenue,

and Bowman fled to his mother's home. A two-hour standoff ensued and

finally ended with Bowman coming out of the house with a knife to his

mother's throat. Bowman refused to drop the knife, and a sniper fatally

shot him.

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