A week after an Independence man with multiple felony warrants died in an officer-involved shooting during an attempted arrest, the case is under review with the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office.
Allen Cates, 29, of Independence, died the evening of Sept. 12 after he was shot by a Jackson County Sheriff deputy after police and the Sheriff's Department went to a house near 25th Street and South Hawthorne Avenue, a block north of Westport Road near the former Rockwood Golf Course land, to serve an arrest warrant.
Independence Police investigated the case, and a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office confirmed the case is now under review. The prosecutor's office often reviews officer-involved injury and fatal shootings to determine possible legal decisions.
According to court records, Cates had warrants for his arrest in Jackson and Clay counties for failure to appear in court.
Court records show that, since 2012, Cates had pleaded guilty to several counts of forgery, plus assault, resisting arrest and burglary. He also had charges of stealing, property damage and fraudulent use of a credit card and had given an Alford plea in Clay County (not pleading guilty but acknowledging evidence would show guilt) in March, for which he received a suspended 365-day sentence.
No officers or deputies were injured in the incident, and the deputy who fired the shot or shots had been placed on leave pending investigation, per department policy.