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Grand jury ‘no bills’ charges in deadly KCPD officer-involved shooting

Posted: 7:52 PM, Oct 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-25 21:13:10-04
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Disturbance leads to officer involved shooting, man's death

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — No charges will be filed in the controversial officer-involved shooting death of Terrance M. Bridges.

A grand jury “issued a true no-bill” this week, according to a release from Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.

Bridges, a Chicago native who would have turned 31 next Tuesday, was shot to death during a struggle with a Kansas City, Missouri, police officer near East 70th Street and Bellefontaine Avenue in May.

Police were responding to a reported home invasion and possible carjacking/kidnapping around 12:30 a.m. on May 26, possibly involving an armed subject around.

Bridges’ family conducted an emotional press conference last month, which included leaders from local organizations, demanding justice and alleging that KCPD hasn’t been forthcoming with the details of the deadly incident.

“I don’t quite know what happened the night of my son being murdered,” Bridges’ father, Terrence Sr., said during a Sept. 19 press conference. “We have two different stories, and all we’re asking for is justice, answers and most of all I just want the truth.”

Bridges’ mother, Rotonya McGee, believes race was a factor in the shooting.

At the time, KCPD said it couldn’t discuss the circumstances of the shooting, because of the ongoing grand jury investigation.

Bridges’ parents also have filed a civil lawsuit against the unnamed officer in Jackson County Circuit Court.

“Because Missouri law requires that the proceedings of criminal grand juries not be subject to public disclosure, there will be no further comment related to the case,” Peters Baker’s office said in a statement.

The officer involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave "for a short time," but he's back with his patrol unit "for a while," according to a KCPD spokesman.