KCPD helicopters have been circling over Johnson County in recent days — Here’s what we know

Helicopters with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department Helicopter Unit have been used in operations over Johnson County in the past, including assisting local and federal agencies with investigations. This picture was taken over Merriam in 2020 as Merriam Police and the ATF were chasing alleged suspects during an investigation. Photo credit Mike Frizzell.

Since Friday, social media and local neighborhood apps have been abuzz with talk of police helicopters circling over Johnson County.

Reports of the helicopter activity began Friday evening over Roeland Park, near 50th Terrace and Roe Avenue, before moving further south into Merriam, Overland Park and Shawnee.

Here is what we know: