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Belton man charged with attempted first-degree murder for firing at officer

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BELTON, Mo. — A Belton, Mo., man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and misdemeanor theft for an incident that occurred on Sept. 22 in the area of 191st Street and State Line Road. Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced charges against Richard D. Bird, 33, for allegedly shooting at an armed police officer and stealing from a construction site.

Police said an officer interrupted Bird while he burgled a construction site between 12:30 and 1 a.m. on Sept. 22. Police said Bird fired at an officer using a rifle when the officer gave chase. The officer was not injured.

Bird was also charged with misdemeanor theft for allegedly stealing a fuel tank, valued at less than $1,000, from Haven Construction.

Bird is being held on $1 million bond.

 

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