An Independence man faces felony charges after a fight with another man that led to a stabbing and gunshots last weekend in Independence.
Jason L. King, 34, faces charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action. Those charges carry a possible sentence of at least five years in prison.
Independence police say they got three 911 calls when the confrontation happened a little after 7 p.m. Sunday at a three-apartment building in the 500 block of Liberty Street just north of the Square.
Two people were arguing in a parking area to the back, and King yelled down from an upstairs apartment, threatening to beat up a man and that man’s girlfriend. Then he came down, punched that man in the head about 10 times and, the man said, pushed his head against the door frame of his car, to the point that the man was afraid he would lose consciousness.
The man – acting in self-defense, he told police – reached for his “brass knuckle designed knife” and lunged toward King. He said King backed away, but police said King was stabbed in the chest, and King’s girlfriend saw him bloodied in the chest when he came upstairs to get his Beretta .25-caliber handgun. (King didn’t mention going upstairs. He told police he just pulled it from his pocket.)
King came back to the man, who was sitting in the front seat of his car with his feet on the ground. King fired once, pulled the car fully open and then, holding the gun a foot from the man’s knee, said “How does this feel?” and shot him in the left knee. King told police he was in fear for his life and that shooting the man in the kneecap would stop the fight.
Both were taken to area hospitals. The second man has not been charged.
In 2005, King pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He also completed probation for 2001 and 2002 felony convictions for possession of marijuana and a 2002 conviction of third-degree domestic assault, according to court records.