Police identify suspect in Gladstone shooting near school, say he was intoxicated

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Suspect Darin Krienke, 46

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Suspect Darin Krienke, 46
Suspect Darin Krienke, 46

GLADSTONE, Mo. — Gladstone police have identified the man who officers say allegedly fired gunshots then barricaded himself inside a Gladstone residence.

Darin G. Krienke, 46, of Gladstone, Mo., has been identified by police as the suspect who is allegedly responsible for Friday afternoon’s gunfire that shook up an area neighborhood and elementary school.

Police were called to a home on 73rd and North Wyandotte around 1 p.m. Friday after neighbors heard shots fired. When police arrived, a second round of gunshots could be heard coming from inside of the house.

Police from several agencies surrounded the home located at 7301 N. Wyandotte, which is directly next to Linden West Elementary, and evacuated the neighborhood.

“When we first heard it was a code red, we were all scared,” said Michael Warren, a third grader at the elementary school. The school was put on lock down. “Once we actually heard it our teacher told us to get into lock down position. We were all freaked out and we asked if it was a drill and she said, ‘No, it’s not a drill.'”

A large police presence, including 10 different law enforcement agencies from around the metro helped keep surveillance on the home, shut down the neighborhood and block streets.

“I had a couple of officers on my deck with their rifles drawn and on the street so yeah, I was pretty shook up about it,” said next door neighbor Ashley Palmer, who’s third grade son was inside the school at the time.

The school children were moved to the far north corner of the building for several hours.

“One of my friends was scared and I was talking to him and helping him out through it because he was scared we were going to die,” said Warren.

According to a probably cause statement issued by police, Kreinke allegedly fired several shots from a rifle, which two officers claimed was pointed toward their direction, although they were clearly identified as police by their uniforms.

More than four hours passed with no communication from Krienke, who police said is barricaded inside the home. Finally, around 5 p.m., the children were led single-file to waiting buses that took them to a nearby middle school to be reunited with their parents.

“It was just awesome you know. There’s nothing like seeing your kid anyways. And knowing that he’s scared all day, it was just great to see him,” said Warren’s mother, Angela Warren.

Police say Krienke lives at the home with his parents, who police say helped talk him out of the house.

“We met the neighbors several times. They are an older couple. They are very nice. We haven’t had any problems with them at all,” said Palmer.

According to the probable cause statement, Krienke’s mother told police her son had purchased two assault rifles and a large amount of ammunition. She also told police her son had been heavily intoxicated when she had left her home around noon earlier that same day, and said he had also been making several comments being angry towards the world.

Krienke surrendered himself around 6 p.m. without incident and was put on a 24-hour investigative hold. While he was being booked, Gladstone Police conducted a blood alcohol test in which the suspect’s blood alcohol result was .261, more than three times the legal limit. During questioning Krienke denied aiming his gun fire at police. Fortunately no one was injured by the gunfire.

Krienke has been charged with multiple felonies including first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, and the unlawful use of a loaded firearm weapon while intoxicated. He is being held on a $250,000 bond.

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