Independence police ID officer killed in shooting as 22-year-old who recently joined department

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INDEPNDENCE, Mo. — The Independence Police Department has identified the officer killed in a shooting Wednesday.

Police said 22-year-old Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans was shot by a suspect and critically injured during a call for service.

The Independence Police Department later confirmed that Officer Madrid-Evans died of his injuries at the hospital.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce that this evening, Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans succumbed to his injuries and passed away,” the department shared late Wednesday.

Officer Madrid-Evans recently began his career with the department at the Kansas City Regional Academy on January 4 and graduated July 8.

After receiving his police commission, Madrid-Evans entered IPD’s Field Training Officer program, where he was still in training at the time of his death.

Investigators said the shooting happened near East 23rd Street and South Northern Boulevard around 11:30 a.m.

Sgt. Andy Bell with the Missouri Highway Patrol said Independence police received some type of tip that led them to a home in the neighborhood.

When the two officers arrived at the house, investigators said a man armed with a handgun met them. The man shot one of the officers. The uninjured officer returned fire and hit the gunman.

The shooter, identified as 33-year-old Cody L. Harrison, of Gladstone, died from his injuries.

The shooting is currently under investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Highway Patrol won’t say yet what that man was wanted for, only that it’s part of the investigation.

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