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Kansas City cop killer strikes plea deal to avoid death penalty

January 4, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Kansas City cop killer strikes plea deal to avoid death penalty

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Accused cop killer avoids the death penalty.

An accused cop killer who fatally shot a Kansas City, Kansas, detective and then led police on a wild pursuit, which included a carjacking and three car robberies, struck a deal on Tuesday with prosecutors avoiding the death penalty.

Curtis Ayers pleaded guilty to the shooting death of Detective Brad Lancaster on May 9th.

He also pleaded guilty to nine additional charges related to the killing.

The 28-year-old accepted the deal which includes a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole on the murder charge, The Kansas City Star reported.

Curtis Ayers (left) pleaded guilty Tuesday to gunning down Detective Brad Lancaster (right) on May 9

He may face more jail time on the nine other charges when he is sentenced on March 14th.

Prosecutors say Lancaster was struck seven times when he traded gunfire with the suspect near the Kansas Speedway.

Ayers left the scene in the victim’s unmarked car, then carjacked a vehicle with two children inside before leaving it in Basehor, Kansas.

The two children were found safe.

He then fled to Kansas City, Missouri, where authorities shot and injured him before arresting him.

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