A Kansas City man awaiting trial for a statutory sodomy has also been charged after shooting into the car where his fiancee sat in the passenger seat Tuesday morning in Independence.
Tyrell Staten, 21, has been charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action after he got angry and fired multiple shots into the front of a car after stopping on Wilson Road near U.S. 24. Staten's fiancee was in the car but was not injured from the shots.
According to court records, Staten was awaiting a May 15 start date for a trial after he was charged in November 2015 with first-degree statutory sodomy – deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 14 years old. That alleged incident happened in November 2012.
Records show Staten was released in February 2016 on his own recognizance. A motion has been filed to revoke his $100,000 bond in that case.
According to court documents, a witness said Staten had been driving a Toyota RAV on Wilson Road when he stopped the car in the middle of the road, got out holding a gun and walked to the front of the car, shouted an expletive and fired five or six times into the front of the car. The witness heard the female in the passenger seat screaming.
Staten's fiancee told police the vehicle had broken down, causing Staten to become angry and shoot at it. She said the gun went off accidentally and that Staten wasn't intending to hurt her.
Investigators found five empty 9mm shell casings and one live round in front of the vehicle and five bullet holes in the front bumper and radiator. They found a 9mm handgun under the car's rear passenger seat and 9mm ammunition in the glove compartment.
According to court documents, Staten told police he and his fiancee had gotten into an argument and vehicle had not broken down. He said that as he walked away from the vehicle the gun hit the side of his pants and he heard the safety click off, and that “triggered” something in his head and his mind went “blank.” The next thing he knew he was pointing the gun in her direction. He said he meant to fire rounds into the ground in front of the car, but as each round was fired the gun kept moving up. When asked if he meant to scare the victim, he said, “I guess, I don't know.”
Bond in this case was set at $150,000 after prosecutors asked for $100,000.