A committee from the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office continues to review a Jan. 30 officer-involved shooting in Independence that left one man injured and ultimately killed another man, though authorities have not released the deceased man’s name or when he died.
The prosecutor’s office often makes an investigative report with more information available to the public after a police shooting case is closed, but many times that process can take months. Before that release, though the prosecutor’s office is not required to release the man’s name.
Names of people shot by law enforcement many times are released within a few days, but the Independence Police Department has referred all questions about this incident to the prosecutor’s office.
The shooting happened at a Dollar General on 23rd Street in western Independence shortly after 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30. Officers were called about an armed man at the store, and police shot two men they say were armed.
An employee of the convenience store next door to Dollar General said the injured man was a fellow employee who had been told his wife’s truck at Dollar General was being carjacked and he rushed over to the scene.
The day after the shooting, Independence police said the suspect who ultimately died was in stable condition at a hospital. A spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office said that man was not charged before he died, and the other man injured has not been charged either
Per department policy, the three police officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave. It is not known if they remain on leave.