Three Eastern Jackson County residents face felony charges after a long police chase Friday night involving several law enforcement agencies during which a suspect allegedly fired several shots at officers.
The chase ended in northern Blue Springs, in the area of Missouri 7 and Hunter Drive, with the suspect vehicle, a while Oldsmobile SUV, running on rims after it hit spike strips several times.
Jackson County prosecutors charged the suspect driver, 27-year-old Kortney Shoop of Blue Springs, with first-degree assault and resisting a lawful stop. Passengers Hunter Fanara and Colby Srite, both 26 and from Independence, have been charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action.
The chase started shortly after 10:30 p.m. Friday, according to court documents, when a Lone Jack police officer on patrol near U.S. 50 and Buckner-Tarsney Road noticed a vehicle with a broken left tail light and tried to pull the vehicle over. When Shoop instead sped away, the chase started and wound through Jackson, Johnson and Cass counties. At one point, Shoop drove up the U.S. 50 exit ramp and drove east on the westbound lanes, avoiding several vehicles.
After the chase turned from Buckner-Tarsney onto Colbern Road, police reported shots fired toward them from the passenger side of the SUV, as well as several items thrown out from the passenger side. Officers later recovered firearms and a bag of ammunition from the area and found spent shell casings and live rounds of ammo on the SUV floorboard.
The suspects were identified via fingerprints by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
According to court documents, Shoop was taken to the hospital after she said she had taken heroin and Xanax. Fanara told the Highway Patrol that there were never any guns in the vehicle or shots fired from it.
According to court records, Shoop had a warrant in Blue Springs for receiving stolen property.
A judge set bonds of $60,000 (10 percent) for Shoop, $100,000 cash for Fanara and $80,000 cash for Srite.