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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Kansas

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Barry Grissom
, United States Attorney
Contact: Jim Cross, Public Affairs

Man Who Shot at KCK Police Charged in Federal Court

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - A man who shot at police in Kansas City, Kan., was indicted Wednesday on federal charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

A grand jury returned an indictment charging Ashawntus S. McCambry, 27, Kansas City, Kan., with one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction.

McCambry initially was charged in a criminal complaint alleging the crimes occurred Dec. 22, 2015, when officers from the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department served a search warrant at McCambry’s residence in the 800 block of Quindaro Boulevard. When police tried to enter, McCambry fired three rounds in their direction. After surrendering to officers, he said he didn’t know they were police and he thought he was being robbed.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million on the crack cocaine charge; a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the marijuana charge; not less than 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the remaining charge. The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead is prosecuting.

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Field Division: Kansas City Field Division