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  • Police shoot suspect after pickup chase

  • An Independence police officer shot a suspect on North Crysler Avenue following a chase of a stolen pickup truck late afternoon Friday.

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  • An Independence police officer shot a suspect on North Crysler Avenue following a chase of a stolen pickup truck late afternoon Friday.
    The suspect, who has not been identified, was taken to a local hospital following the shooting just south of U.S. 24. Independence police spokesman Tom Gentry said the suspect’s condition was unknown Friday evening and did not know where the suspect had been hit by the bullet.
    Police also arrested another suspect at the scene.
    Police noticed two males in a silver Chevrolet pickup truck that had been reported stolen out of Carroll County, Mo., earlier Friday.
    The owner of the truck had advised police that a loaded gun was in the truck at the time it was stolen.
    According to Gentry, police officers chased the truck for approximately 10 minutes. During the chase, the truck’s back left tire had been flattened and had come off. When the truck turned south onto North Crysler from U.S. 24 and tried to make it up the hill, the bare back left wheel caused the truck to stall halfway up the incline.
    Gentry said the driver backed up the truck and rammed the police car.
    Gunfire ensued, and the officer hit the suspect, who was taken to a local hospital. The other suspect immediately surrendered and was taken into custody.
    Three bullet holes were visible on the back glass on the driver’s side of the truck. Police are investigating, and the officer is on administrative leave during the investigation.
     
     
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