The man shot the two undercover officers with a rifle and escaped along with a second person in a vehicle, according to police. The suspect was killed and three police officers were injured.
All three officers were taken to the hospital for treatment with non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect was a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a University of Missouri-Kansas City student during a robbery earlier this month. The condition of the third officer is unknown. Asked about the news of the killing of the suspect, Mr Koppu says the suspect's death may give some solace to Sharath mother.
Koppu was a computer engineer who came to the United States in January to pursue his master's degree, according to a cousin who started a GoFundMe account.
"We were sorry to hear that the officers were wounded during this shootout", he said.
Chief Smith said investigators have been searching for that man since the shooting, and Sunday was the first time they encountered him. He was shot and taken into custody.
In elaborating on the shooting, Becchina told Fox4KC: "At 12:15, officers working an ongoing investigation at the Sky-Vu motel involved undercover and tactical operations. He was declared deceased by KCFD at that time".
"On behalf of the entire UMKC family, I want to express our gratitude to all of the courageous first responders involved in today's events, especially the three injured officers, along with our hopes for their speedy and full recovery".
Police are actively searching for the perpetrator around the area of the shooting which was near 40 highway and Manchester.
The name of the man killed Sunday hasn't been released, but police said he was under surveillance before he fired a semi-automatic "AK-47-type" rifle at officers. When he tried to run away from the scene, the officers shot at him and he continued to fire at them.