A Kansas City man faces charges after leading Jackson County Sheriff deputies on a chase into Independence that ended with the suspect being shot and injured.
Prosecutors charged Elliott Lawless, 19, with unlawful use of a weapon, resisting arrest and tampering with a motor vehicle in connection with a chase that ended when the SUV occupied by Lawless and two others stalled near 39th Street and Woodland Avenue in southeast Independence the morning of Oct. 30.
The chase started about 6:50 a.m. that day in rural Eastern Jackson County, according to the Sheriff’s Office, as deputies had learned the vehicle was involved in at least three non-injury shootings Monday in Independence.
According to KSHB-TV News and court records, one of the deputies who tried to arrest the people in the SUV said Lawless reached down between the seats of vehicle. Believing Lawless was reaching for a gun, the deputy shot him twice in the abdomen.
Deputies then rendered first aid, and Lawless was taken to the hospital. Officers who searched the SUV found two handguns.
Prosecutors requested a $250,000 bond for Lawless.