Editor's note: This story has been changed, following a correction issued by Independence Police, to reflect that the victim had pointed a loaded gun at police but had not fired before he was shot by police. The settlement involving the innocent victim, also recently disclosed, has been added as well.
Independence police have named the suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting in January and have formally cleared the other man injured by police in the shooting.
Kevin Hellebuyck died from the shooting, which happened Jan. 30 at the Dollar General on 23rd Street in western Independence. Michael Becker was injured and after investigation was cleared of any wrongdoing, police said in a release Friday.
According to police, officers had been called regarding an armed robbery at the store, and when they arrived they found two armed men – Hellebuyck and Becker – in an altercation. Hellebuyck then pointed a gun – later determined to be loaded – at police and was critically injured when officers fired. He died from his injuries Feb. 12 at an area hospital. Becker was shot once but was not critically hurt.
Hellebuyck had not been charged at the time of his death, a spokesperson for the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office confirmed.
Becker reportedly had rushed to the store from convenience store next door to protect his wife and young daughter inside the Dollar General. He recently settled with the city and police for $560,000.
The case remains under review by the prosecutor's office. A representative of the office was at the scene shortly after the shooting – a practice that Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has tried to have in place whenever possible with officer-involved shootings. An internal affairs investigation by IPD has not been concluded, the department said.