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Man wounded after police chase

The Examiner staff

A man was shot and wounded after he allegedly pointed a gun at an Independence police officer Tuesday afternoon following a car chase that ended in Liberty.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which is investigating the shooting, the incident started about 1:45 p.m. when an Independence officer tried to stop a red pickup truck. Authorities have not released where or why the officer attempted the stop.

The chase ultimately went north on Missouri 291, across the river and into Liberty, where the Highway Patrol, Liberty Police and Clay County sheriff’s deputies joined in. Liberty Police used stop sticks to pop at least two tires after the suspect vehicle continued north onto Leonard Street.

The truck stopped in a residential area a couple blocks from Liberty’s historic downtown, and the suspect, a white male, tried to run away and pointed a gun at the Independence officer, who then shot him. The man was taken to a nearby hospital, and the Highway Patrol has not released his condition.

This is the Independence Police Department’s second officer-involved shooting within a week. Last Thursday police responded to a west-end apartment complex for a domestic disturbance and ultimately heard a carjacking. Police say the teenage suspects there started firing at officers before officers fired back, wounding one in the arm.