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  • Grandview man charged with shooting at IPD officers

  • A Grandview man faces four felony charges for firing shots at a pair of Independence police officers on April 7.

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  • A Grandview man faces four felony charges for firing shots at a pair of Independence police officers on April 7.
    Bennie L. Meeks, 27, was charged with two counts of first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer and two counts of armed criminal action from the incident on April 7 at the Econo Lodge hotel on East 42nd Street in Independence.
    According to court documents, police were called to the Econo Lodge in response to a larceny complaint by the hotel’s manager.
    After questioning Meeks and Nicholas Juszczyk and getting what the officer thought was false information from Meeks, the officer told Meeks he was going to handcuff him until he could determine who he was. As the officer stepped toward him, Meeks fled west along the north side of the hotel, according to the court documents.
    Both officers chased Meeks, who, while running, allegedly removed a 9 mm Glock Model 19 pistol from his waistband holster and fired at the officers. As Meeks continued to run, one of the officers shot five times and struck Meeks twice, in the leg and in the upper torso.
    Both officers were uninjured. Court documents say Meeks fired at least nine shots at the officers. Juszczyk did not flee and has not been charged.
    A criminal history background check revealed that Meeks had an active probation violation warrant for his arrest. He was convicted in 2010 for second-degree burglary, and as a convicted felon, he was illegally in possession of a firearm.
    Jackson County prosecutors requested a $500,000 bond with a 10-percent cash payout.
     
     

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