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Independence man charged in kidnapping, shooting

The Examiner staff

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify the drivers of both cars involved in this incident.

An Independence man faces seven felony charges including kidnapping, first and second-degree domestic assault, and firing at a moving vehicle after a string of incidents early Friday morning that ended with shooting a woman.

Tyrone Johnson, 48, was arrested Friday. He also is charged with tampering with evidence and armed criminal action. He has prior felony convictions and also faces a felony charge of unlawful possession of a firearm – the Glock 9mm he is accused of using Friday.

The events laid out by Raytown police begin early in the morning at the Crown Lodge at 8500 E. Missouri 350 and end many blocks away with the personal car of a Raytown reserve officer getting shot up.

Johnson’s girlfriend told police that in a room at the hotel the two argued and he choked her. When she regained consciousness, he was dragging her toward the door. She left. She was walking along 350 when he drove up in his black 2006 Chevrolet Impala. He overpowered her and forced her into the car.

She said he drove her to a park and then, shortly after 6 a.m., drove to 59th Street and Raytown Trafficway, where she tried to jump out of the car. Johnson slammed on the brakes.

A Raytown Police reserve corporal was northbound on Raytown Trafficway and came upon the Impala stopped at the intersection with both front doors open. He approached the car to see if they needed help, and the woman came to him and said, “Get me out of here.”

The officer told her to get in his car. He was taking her to the nearby Raytown Police building, but he had to back up to get clear of the Impala. Police say Johnson stepped out of the Impala and fired several shots, striking the woman in the leg and leaving several holes in the officer’s Acura. The woman was taken to the hospital.

A Raytown officer went to the Crown Lodge and found Johnson cleaning out the Impala, including a handful of shell casings he threw into a trash bin. Police arrested him

Johnson is on Missouri probation. His criminal history, over the last seven years, includes convictions for assault, violation of an order for protection and trespassing.