An Independence man faces murder and other charges after he allegedly shot at his ex-girlfriend’s car, fled at high speed and collided with another car Wednesday afternoon, killing that car’s driver.
Jackson County prosecutors charged Da’Qon Sipple, who turned 22 two weeks ago, with second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. The murder charge is because a person, Mari McElyea of Kansas City, died from Sipple’s attempt to flee an alleged felony.
The collision happened at U.S. 24 and Sterling Avenue. Sipple was speeding west on U.S. 24, ran a red light and slammed his 2013 Chrysler 300 into McElyea’s Kia Soul, which was southbound on Sterling. McElyea, 67, died at the scene. Sipple was injured, and police said two other vehicles were involved in the crash.
According to court documents, Sipple shot into the car where his ex-girlfriend was at the 800 block of North Emery Street in Independence, just south of U.S. 24 near William Chrisman High School. Sipple then sped away, and the victim told dispatch about the shooting and said she was following Sipple. Officers found a spent shell casing and glass at the scene. The victim said all but one of her car’s windows had been shot out.
Four years ago, court records show, Sipple was involved in the fatal shooting of a Kansas City, Kansas police captain who was in his patrol car investigating a drive-by shooting. Sipple was convicted of aggravated assault with a weapon of a different officer in that incident.