INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Independence police say an officer shot and critically wounded a person who exited a vehicle armed with a handgun early Wednesday morning.
A spokesperson with the Eastern Jackson County Police Involved Investigations Team says this happened while Independence officers were conducting a routine proactive patrol at the Executive Inn & Suites in the 15000 block of U.S. 40 Highway just after midnight.
Sergeant Chris Depue says the officer turned on his emergency lights while doing a vehicle check, and one person got out of the vehicle armed with a handgun, but did not fire the weapon. The officer shot and struck that person. Officers then began first aid before that person was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
No officers were hurt in this shooting.
Sgt. Depue says the investigation will continue with a review of video surveillance and witness interviews. Police haven’t identified the person shot or said what led to the initial vehicle check.
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