POLICE: Driver shot, killed by officer during struggle in Cass County

PECULIAR, Mo. - According to police, a man is dead after a deputy-involved shooting along Interstate 49 in Cass County.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy was responding to the report of a careless driver on I-49 north of Harrisonville around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The deputy tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued to drive erratically, driving various speeds and stopping in the lane of traffic on the interstate. 

An officer with the Peculiar Police Department later stopped the vehicle with a tire deflation device just north of J Highway on I-49. According to a news release from the Cass County Sheriff's Office, the driver then pulled to the shoulder and stopped. He sped off again, stopping a short distance down the interstate. 

The news release says the suspect exited his vehicle and confronted the deputy while he was exiting his patrol car. The deputy gave verbal commands to the suspect to get on the ground as the suspect continued to advance. 

According to the Cass County Sheriff's Office's news release, the deputy deployed his Taser, and an officer from the Peculiar Police Department arrived on scene to assist. The suspect continued to resist officers while they attempted to handcuff him. During the struggle, the suspect gained control of the deputy's Taser and was able to deploy it against the officers, according to the news release. 

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office said at that time the deputy discharged his firearm, striking the suspect multiple times. The suspect continued to resist while officers handcuffed him. 

The suspect died at the scene. Officials have not released his identity. The deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave. 

The investigation is ongoing.

 "We will collect any physical evidence," said Major Jeff Weber of the Cass County Sheriff's Office. "That will include camera video, and a lot of statements taken by different investigators will have to be reviewed by a lot of different people. We will actually have to retrace the events prior to the shooting - where [the driver] came from, the direction of travel, where he may have stopped and what his actions were before."

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