Garden City man charged for assaulting deputy in shooting incident

Posted at 6:25 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 07:25:16-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Garden City man was charged with assault in an incident that resulted in him being shot by a sheriff's deputy.

Robert Jeffries, 35, faces one count of second degree assault of a special victim and two counts of third degree assault of a special victim for his altercation with a Bates County Sheriff's Deputy.

The altercation happened March 15 in rural Bates County.

The deputy involved noticed Jeffries in his driveway acting suspiciously. He gave Jeffries directions to a gas station.

Dispatchers told the deputy they had calls about a man vandalizing property, and the deputy followed Jeffries to a vacant home instead of a gas station.

According to a news release, Jeffries then confronted the deputy and punched him several times in the face. That's when the deputy shot him in the shoulder.

Jeffries also fought responding officers, according to the news release.

The deputy requires surgery to repair injuries to his face, according to the sheriff's office.

Jeffries is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

According to the Bates County Sheriff's Office, charges could be added or upgraded when the investigation is complete. The Cass County Sheriff's Office is conducting that investigation.