Independence police identify 2nd homicide in last 2 days

Independence police investigate deadly crash
Posted at 9:36 AM, Dec 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-20 12:56:30-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Investigators in Independence are looking for clues in a shooting overnight Monday that left a man dead.

A police spokesperson told KSHB 41 News that officers were called around midnight to the 800 block of East Pacific Avenue for a reported shooting.

They located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds at the scene.

The man — identified Tuesday as Austin W. Martell, 22 — was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Independence police said they don’t have any suspect information and are hoping for tips from the public.

Anyone with information can call the Independence Police Department or the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

It’s the city’s second homicide in as many days.

Independence police found a man dead around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday in the 1000 block of South Brookside Avenue. No suspect information was available.

For jurisdictions that utilize the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline, anonymous tips can be made by calling 816-474-TIPS (8477), submitting the tip online or through the free mobile app at

Annual homicide details and data for the Kansas City area are available through the KSHB 41 News Homicide Tracker, which was launched in 2015. Read the KSHB 41 News Mug Shot Policy.