Independence police shot at responding to child welfare call

No injuries reported
Independence police
Posted at 9:28 PM, Jan 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-17 15:31:34-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Independence police officers were shot at while responding to a call for a child welfare check Saturday night.

As officers approached the 700 block of North Jennings Street around 7 p.m., “several rounds” were fired in their direction from an unknown location,” according to Independence police.

At least five shots were fired at police, but it's unclear at this time if the shots were related to the initial call, police said.

No officers were injured. A few apartments had bullet holes, according to police, but no injuries were reported among tenants.

Kansas City, Missouri, police were among the agencies assisting Independence in searching for a possible suspect.

U.S. 24 Highway was closed east of Dover Drive to Jennings Road.

Officers cleared the scene around 11:45 p.m.

No one is in custody at this time.

The child in the initial welfare check is OK, police said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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