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  • Independence police release dramatic dash-cam videos

  • Independence police released two dramatic and frightening dash camera videos on Friday to illustrate what they feel is a changing criminal society.


    To see the video from the March 2010 shooting, scroll down our home page to the KMBC video.

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  • Independence police released two dramatic and frightening dash camera videos on Friday to illustrate what they feel is a changing criminal society.
    The first video is of Lonnie Moore, 41, who police said was responsible for several bank robberies from Kansas City to St. Joseph over a period of time.
    Independence police stopped the vehicle Moore was driving on March 29, 2010, on Interstate 70 near the Bass Pro Shop’s Outdoor World because his car matched the description of one involved in a bank robbery.
    See the video on our news partner KMBC's website.
    Video shows Moore getting out and firing on the officer, who returned fire, shooting through the patrol car’s windows, wounding the man. In a dramatic surprise, Moore then re-entered the frame and almost seem to lunge forward, pacing back and forth. Several more shots were exchanged.
    Moore then disappeared from the screen and, running out of ammunition, took his own life. The incident snarled traffic on I-70 for more than two hours.
    In the second video, police responded to a routine call about an abandoned car near 35th Street and Lee’s Summit Road on April 4, 2009.
    The officer was investigating the car when a man approached and opened fire, driving the officer back and across the road. Video captured from a second officer’s patrol car shows a man walking toward the officer and firing shots.
    The second officer, who filmed the incident, fired off shots through his windshield before running the man over with the patrol car. The shooter, Nicholas Waller, survived and is serving a prison sentence for several charges. Waller had carjacked a pizza delivery man’s car.
    Both officers were not injured in either incident.
    Police Capt. John Cato said Friday that both incidents are indicative of what they’re seeing more and more on the streets.
    “Most of the time, the perpetrators are trying to get away,” he said, “but we’re seeing more instances when they’re bringing the fight toward officers. They’re becoming very aggressive.”
    In 2011, law enforcement deaths rose 13 percent, totaling 174 nationwide, according to information provided by police. The figure represents the third largest death toll for law enforcement officers in the last decade.
    Death by gunfire accounted for 68 of those deaths in 2011.

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