‘Get him before he get me’: 23-year-old man charged in south Kansas City killing
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Prosecutors are charging a 23-year-old Kansas City man in connection with a killing Tuesday morning in south Kansas City.
Isiah J. Ferguson faces first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
According to court documents, Kansas City officers responded to a shooting near 75th and Washington just before 1 a.m. They were directed to an apartment where they found the victim, identified as 20-year-old Samuel B. Cummins, suffering from gunshot wounds at Rediscover, a ReStart housing service for transitioning young adults.
The person who reported the shooting told police he had observed on his video surveillance system a man walk to the door of the victim’s apartment and knock. When the victim opened the door, it appeared Ferguson shot him with a handgun. The victim was found at the apartment door.
None of the people living in the apartment complex witnessed the incident, however, several described hearing loud noises or gunshots.
Police identified Ferguson as the suspect and took him into custody.
Ferguson told detectives he knocked on Cummins door and told him to step to the side after he opened it. When he did, Ferguson said he shot him 10 times.
When asked what his suspicions of Cummins were, Ferguson stated: “get him before he get me.”
The suspect told detectives he had been having “suspicions” about Cummins, and that he came to Ferguson’s apartment a few months ago and told him he was being too loud.
Ferguson also said he was diagnosed with Schizophrenia when he was 20 and that he takes medication for it. Ferguson stated he had different emotions after the shooting. At times he felt he was wrong and other times he felt “glad.” He also felt disturbed and would take back what he did if he could.
Officers recovered a gun from the Ferguson’s apartment, where he stated he had left it, as well as clothing that appeared to match clothing captured on the video surveillance.
Prosecutors have requested a $500,000 bond.