A police pursuit involving an allegedly stolen vehicle resulted in a suspect temporarily barricading himself inside an Independence home Thursday afternoon.
Independence Police Public Information Officer Tom Gentry said at 2:39 p.m., a motorcycle unit pursued a 2012 Nissan Juke that had been traveling 70 mph in a 25 mph zone around 31st Street and South Santa Fe Road in Independence.
The driver, he said, managed to evade police. But the vehicle was later found by an officer in a driveway in Independence. Gentry did not say where that driveway was. Once officers approached the vehicle, a suspect raised up from a car seat and drove through the front lawn of the residence. Police pursued the vehicle, eventually stopping in a field at the 19000 block of 14th Street in Independence where the suspect “took off running.”
The suspect later entered a nearby house in the 19000 block of 14th Street. Gentry said a perimeter was set up around the vicinity and the SWAT unit was called. No one was taken hostage as people came out of the house, leaving the suspect inside, Gentry reported.
However, once a Bearcat - a police armored vehicle - pulled up into the yard and its loudspeaker asked the person inside to surrender, the suspect decided to come out, according to Gentry. The suspect – identified as a white male – was taken into custody, as well as another white male inside the residence at the time. Gentry said police suspect the two had a relationship of some sort.