An officer-involved shooting in outside a Dollar General in western Independence left two people injured early Tuesday evening. No officers were hurt in the shooting.
Officers had responded to the area on 23rd Street near Westport Road at 5:41 p.m., on a call for a possible armed person. As of Tuesday night, it was unclear exactly what happened when officers initially located the suspects outside the store, but officers did fire and the injured people, both males, were armed, IPD spokesperson John Syme said. Police have not yet determined if both males were injured by the officers' gunfire. Both people injured were rushed to an area hospital, and police did not know the extent of their injuries Tuesday night.
An employee of the FavTrip convenience store next door to Dollar General told The Examiner that one of the injured men was a fellow employee who had been told that his wife's truck at the Dollar General was being carjacked and he rushed over to the scene. The employee said the injury was not too serious.
Nobody inside the store at the time were hurt. Investigators had numerous evidence markers on the sidewalk outside the store and on 23rd Street near the curb.
Police had 23rd Street completely blocked at Hardy Avenue to the west and Westport Road to the east, though Church's Chicken across the street from Dollar General continued to serve customers who drove in from behind.
Per department policy, any officers directly involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, pending investigation of the incident. A member of the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office was at the scene Tuesday evening.