Man charged with killing Lee’s Summit police officer in Westport appears in front of judge for the first time

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- The man charged with murdering a Lee's Summit police officer will make his first court appearance Thursday.

Sean Steward is accused of shooting and killing officer Thomas Orr III last month in Westport at Californos Restaurant.

Lee's Summit officer Thomas Orr

Police arrested Steward Wednesday in connection to a separate investigation. He has since been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action for his alleged involvement in the Westport shooting.

Witnesses told detectives they saw Steward pull out a gun, fire into the crowd, then race out of the restaurant and hop in a black Charger.

Steward will make his first appearance in front of a judge at the Jackson County Courthouse around 1 p.m.

He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Sean Steward's booking photo from a previous sentence in the Missouri Department of Corrections.