A Lee's Summit man faces multiple charges following an incident Saturday in which he shot into another vehicle and then rolled a pickup truck in Lee's Summit.
Jackson County prosecutors charged Alex Latta, 21, with first-degree assault, two counts each of armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm and one count each of an unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of an illegal weapon and possession of a controlled substance. According to court documents, Lee's Summit Police responded about 4 p.m. Saturday to a rollover accident involving Latta's Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck in the area of Northwest Murray and Northwest O'Brien roads. The truck was upside down off the roadway, and guns, ammunition, spent shell casings and drugs were found inside the truck and strewn in the grass nearby. Latta and a passenger in his truck were arrested.
A man and his wife told police they were at an apartment complex parking lot nearby to turn around when Latta's truck bumped their Toyota Avalon. The man, who also had two young children in the car, said he followed Latta to try and exchange vehicle information, then drove up alongside to yell at Latta to “pull over.” That's when Latta took a handgun and fired once, hitting the Toyota's front passenger tire, and the Toyota briefly collided with the Silverado. Latta lost control of the truck and it soon overturned.
A passenger in Latta's truck told police Latta and the Toyota driver had a conversation in the parking lot and began to argue, apparently over the price of some marijuana that Latta ultimately grabbed without paying. The Toyota then followed the Latta's truck, Latta fired the handgun once and then lost control. The passenger, who has not been charged, said he believed Latta had dealt with the Toyota driver in the past.
Latta said the Toyota started following him after he passed a gas station on Southwest Third Street, and he was concerned people were out to kill him due to past testimony against someone. He lost control of the truck after he was rammed by the Toyota. Latta stopped talking with police after they asked him about the weapons found at the scene.
A records check showed Latta had previous felony convictions for firearm possession, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance. Prosecutors requested a $150,000 bond.