UPDATE: Independence Police Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans died of his injuries late Wednesday night, according to the Independence Police Department.
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The Missouri Highway Patrol said a suspect is dead and an Independence police officer is hospitalized with serious injures following a shooting.
Investigators said the shooting happened East 23rd Street South and South Northern Boulevard around 11:30.
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 died from his injuries.
Police have identified the injured officer as 22-year-old Blaize Madrid-Evans.
Madrid-Evans recently began his career with the department at the Kansas City Regional Police Academy on January 4, 2021 and graduated July 8, 2021.
Police said after receiving his police commission, Madrid-Evans entered IPD’s Field Training Officer program and is currently still in training.
“It’s heartbreaking, heartbreaking that violence could potentially take someone’s life like this officer and has taken a life of another individual,” Bell said.
The suspect has been identified as 33-year-old Cody L. Harrison, of Gladstone.
Highway Patrol won’t say yet what Harrison was wanted for, only that it’s part of the investigation.
“There are going to be some ways to look into that to exactly find out what kind of tip was this other than hey there might be some wanted individual at this address,” Bell said.
Bell said investigators are looking into the tip that was called into police to see if it will provide any information into what led to the shooting. The Missouri Highway Patrol is handling the investigation because it involves a police officer.