INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) – Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating an officer involved in Independence on Wednesday.
At approximately 11:30 am, police attended a residential address at E. 24th Street South and S. Northern Boulevard after receiving information that a local person was potentially wanted.
There, they ran into a male suspect who shot officers. A policeman was hit and seriously injured.
A second officer fired back.
Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans, 22, suffered serious gunshot wounds.
The suspect was beaten and declared dead.
The MSHP’s Drug and Crime Control Division will investigate the shooting involving an officer. They say it could take weeks, if not months, to complete their investigation.
Authorities are also investigating the original call, who made it, what was the exact wording of the intelligence officers received.
“Thinking that things cannot be resolved peacefully, even if you had a warrant. Why can’t it be resolved peacefully? Officers are trained to do their best, to resolve whatever they can peacefully and it’s heartbreaking that violence of this nature could potentially take the life of someone, like this officer, and took the life of another person, ”said Sgt. Andy Bell with MSHP.
This shooting took place in a residential area very close to a busy section of 23rd Street.
Employees at the neighboring Midwestern central bank said they heard what they thought were firecrackers. But then they were quickly surrounded by law enforcement and found themselves getting calls from customers asking if they had been stolen (they hadn’t been).
The shooting, which happened some distance behind their business, cut off much of the traffic. After law enforcement flooded the scene, roadblocks quickly rose. At 6 p.m., the entrance to Boulevard du Nord was still blocked.
“I was going down on the 23rd, coming from a DoorDash order, and I heard several shots,” said Durrell Johnson, who was in the area at the time. “There were a whole bunch of cops stopping people as they were coming down the street. So we said, ‘OK, let’s do it’ because we had a break from DoorDash. We pull over and it doesn’t. there are only cops here. “
Locals say they are used to police chases and crime; much of the crime is drug related. However, they were always shocked to learn that an officer was shot and a suspect was killed in broad daylight.
“It’s always been a very good, tight-knit community – for the most part – in the neighborhoods,” said Connie Donahoo, who lives nearby. “But, it seems like everything is out of control now. Everyone is scared. Everyone is nervous. And we just want peace and quiet in our city.”
“Whenever first responders are involved, it’s just heartbreaking,” she added.
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An IPD agent shot dead and seriously injured
A suspect was shot dead and declared dead@MSHPtrooperDDCC has been requested and will investigate the OIS
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Brad Lemon, president of the Kansas City Fraternal Order of Police, spoke to the media following the incident. He said he has been at the IPD lodge since he got the call about the news.
He declined to comment on the details of what happened, but said support for the officer had been swift and widespread.
He said: “Being with FOP Independence for the past two hours, and watching the City Manager introduce himself and their HR office and city employees introduce themselves and show love to men and women. doing this work, waiting for the best possible news that they could hear, it’s just – and the people who show up and feed them – it’s just amazing to watch. “
Additionally, Independence Mayor Eileen Weir released this statement:
“Every day, officers of the Independence Police Department risk their lives to protect the citizens of our community. We always hope that their daily interactions with the public will be peaceful so that they can return home safely at the end of their shift. Today that was not the case. At this time, our thoughts are with the policeman, his family and the Independence Police Department. We know that our citizens are already mobilizing behind the department and looking for ways to support them, but we encourage you to wait for more information.
To all of our agents and first responders, know that we support you and honor the sacrifice you make to keep our community safe. Thank you for your service.”
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