KC police fire at backfiring van - KansasCity.com Two Kansas City police officers who thought they were being shot at from inside a van returned fire Thursday night. Only later did police realize that the van was actually backfiring and the man inside was not armed. He was not injured by the shots fired by police. Windows of the police car were apparently shot out by the officers as they exited the patrol car. [say what?] The officers were dispatched on a report of shots being fired from a white van just before 6 p.m. Thursday on Gregory Boulevard near Interstate 435. When the officers got to the area they saw a white van parked on Gregory and pulled up near it. As they were getting out of the patrol car they heard the backfiring and fired their weapons. Police are continuing to investigate the incident. ---------- One hopes LEOs are a little less prone to use lethal force in a situation like this. What would probably have happened to the cops if the innocent driver or a bystander had been killed by the cops? Put another way, what would happen to Joe Sixpack who started firing his legally-concealed handgun at a van that backfired because he thought he was being shot at?