KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man, already convicted of a felony, has been charged in connection with the firing of a gun on Wednesday morning at four city workers who were on duty near 8th and Olive.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker charged Bertram L. Brown, 28, with four counts of Assault in the 1st Degree, four counts of Armed Criminal Action and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Stealing a Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Police responded about 7:30 Wednesday morning to the area of 8th and Park.
According to the complaint document, the city workers had been at a job site in the area, when they heard shots being fired and heard the suspect yell “Get off this corner.” The workers say the man pointed a firearm at them and fired about 8 to 9 shots from a handgun.
Brown is also accused of jumping into a city dump truck, getting out, then getting into a city pickup and driving away. A witness saw the incident and identified the shooter as Brown, a convicted felon. He has past convictions for possession of a controlled substance and 2nd degree robbery.
Police recovered the truck a few blocks away at 11th and Brooklyn. Brown was eventually arrested at 9th and Prospect.
Police say Brown was unable to be interviewed and was belligerent and aggressive with officers.
Prosecutors requested a bond of $175,000.
“He looked like he was under the influence of some type of narcotic,” one of the workers Adrian Hughes said during an interview with FOX 4 on Wednesday. “He wasn’t acting normal. He opened up with about 10 shots. We realized he had a gun, so we took cover in our city trucks and some of the employees ran in different areas.”
Watch FOX 4’s original coverage in the video player below.