Harrisonville man charged in Monday shootings that left one woman dead

CASS COUNTY, Mo. — Authorities have charged a man in connection to the shooting in Harrisonville on Monday that left one woman dead and one man injured.

Brian Parks

Brian Parks

Brian G. Parks, 54, of Harrisonville, Mo. is charged with 1st degree assault, armed criminal action, and unlawful possession of a firearm, prosecutors announced Tuesday morning.

Police arrested Parks Monday morning after they found him struggling over a gun with another man who had a gunshot wound to his back. That man was able to run away while Parks drove away in a pickup truck.

The injured man told police that Parks had shot him, and had also shot a woman inside the house. Police pulled Parks over and arrested him without incident. Inside the truck they found a handgun and a shotgun with two spent shells.

Officers found the victim, identified as 42-year-old Tammy L. Christiansen, inside the home with a single gunshot wound to the forehead.

Witnesses said Parks was the maintenance man that serviced the rental home in which the shooting took place.

According to court documents, the injured man lived at the home with his nephew and the Christiansen.

The injured man told police that on Monday morning, a noise woke him up, and then found Parks standing over him with a handgun. He said he attacked the man and the two struggled over the gun. In the midst of the fight, he said the two tumbled into a closet and the gun went off, injuring him in the back.

The struggle continued outside, which is when police found them. The wounded man was transported to an area hospital.

The injured man said he did not know Parks’ name, but recognized him as the maintenance man, and said that Parks and Christiansen used to date, but that their relationship had recently ended.

He told police he had heard Christiansen and Parks arguing on the phone multiple times over the past few weeks.

Parks is held on a $50,000 cash-only bond. A trial date has not yet been set.

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