A Jackson County sheriff’s deputy shot and injured a man Tuesday morning following a chase of what officers say was a suspect vehicle from a string of non-injury shootings Monday.
The man’s condition was unknown as of about noon Tuesday, and one deputy suffered minor hand injuries, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The chase, which started about 6:50 a.m. in Eastern Jackson County, according to the Sheriff’s Office, ended in a yard at the corner of 39th Street and Woodland Avenue in western Independence. Deputies had learned the vehicle was involved in three shootings Monday in Independence.
After the suspect vehicle stalled and was surrounded, deputies tried to take the people inside into custody and during that time one deputy fired and hit a male suspect, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies then rendered first aid, and the suspect was taken to the hospital. A gun was found inside the suspect the vehicle.
A dark blue SUV was seen towed from the scene.
Independence Police said the three non-injury shootings, all involving the suspect vehicle were reported as follows:
• Road rage at 4:13 p.m. inthe area of 23rd Street and Sterling Avenue.
• Disturbance with shots fired at 5:25 p.m. at the 2500 block of South Norwood Avenue, a few blocks from the first incident.
• A blue SUV in the field with somebody hearing shots fired behind a business at the 13000 block of East 35th Street (the area of Unilever) at 6:16 p.m.
Police said they are also looking into whether a van found with gunshot damage overnight on West 25th Street, just east of the second incident, is connected with the suspect vehicle.
Sheriff Darryl Forte requested the Independence Police Department conduct the shooting investigation. Neither department has specified how many people were in the suspect vehicle, though dispatch recordings indicated that deputies believed there were four people.
The Sheriff’s Office has not specified where the chase started, but dispatch recordings describe the SUV has heading east on Missouri 150 in rural southeast Jackson County, north on Buckner-Tarsney Road, west on Colbern Road (County Highway 8), west on Woods Chapel Road toward Truman Medical Centers-Lakewood at more than 70 mph, west on Little Blue Road, north on Norfleet Road and then Noland Road into Independence and then left onto 39th Street before ending at Woodland.
Officers had 39th Street blocked between Crysler Avenue and Blue Ridge Boulevard until shortly before 11 a.m. Independence Police said they coordinated with school bus personnel to avoid pickups at bus stops closest to the scene.