INDEPENDENCE, Mo. --The man who is suspected of an armed carjacking, leading police on a vehicle pursuit, and who was fatally shot after police say he opened fire on a police officer with a handgun on Tuesday, July 7, has been identified as Nicholas E. Booth, 35 yrs, of Ozark, Missouri.
On Tuesday police responded to a call regarding an armed carjacking in the area of 24 Highway and Susquehanna in Independence. An officer was just two blocks away when he heard the call, so once the suspect's vehicle passed him he began pursuing the vehicle in his squad car.
Eventually the suspect stopped and exited his vehicle north of Kentucky on River, where police say he pointed a gun and began shooting at officers. Officers returned fire, fatally striking the suspect.
Police say no officers were injured during this incident.
On Tuesday FOX 4's Mary Pulley spoke with Pamela Anderson, who works at an Independence dental practice where the carjacking suspect reportedly was prior to the incident.
"The gentleman just walked into our dental practice and came to the window and was very odd, and asked me who owns the black Benz in the parking lot, which happens to be the doctor's car," described Anderson.
Anderson said the man claimed whoever owned the car had "shot up" his home the night before. She said she informed the man that he was wrong, but by the time she made it to the back door of the building, the man had already made it across the street to another medical office where he proceeded to carjack a young man's car. Later on Anderson said the carjacking victim came back to check on the employees of the dental office.
"I'm just glad he's OK, really. That could have turned out a lot worse," she said about the victim.