Seventeen-year-old John Albers was killed by police on Jan. 20 in Overland Park, Kansas, when officers responded to a suicidal 911 call.
An Overland Park police dispatcher told the responding cops:
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.
One responding officer said he knew Albers: “I’m familiar with that kid.”
The police dispatcher told officers that Albers was in the basement of the home; his parents were not at home, notes The Kansas City Star.
Albers was driving out of the garage, the police arrived and opened fire on him.
Police claimed that “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.”
Johnson County court records said Albers had been charged in 2016 in a domestic violence complaint involving his mother and another family member. However, that case was dismissed.
Albers’ schoolmates remembered him as “loving,” “loyal,” and “giving.”
They and others held a candlelight vigil for Albers on Jan. 21 (video below):
(Source: The Kansas City Star)