Man charged with escaping from custody, stealing a police cruiser

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An Independence man has been charged with multiple crimes after he was shot by a police officer while fleeing from his arrest in Northmoor.

Jeffery Brown, 23, is charged with escape from custody, resisting arrest, first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, and leaving the scene of an accident.

According to court documents, on July 17, Northmoor Police Chief Kelly Clark detained Brown in a parking lot for an investigation related to fraudulent activity within the City of Northmoor.

Clark handcuffed Brown behind his back and placed him in the front seat of his patrol vehicle. Clark pulled his vehicle in front of Northland Pawn for further fraud investigation and exited the car with Brown in the front passenger seat. The car was left running, according to court documents.

As Clark entered the pawn shop, Brown maneuvered his handcuffs from behind his back to the front and moved to the driver’s seat. Brown backed into the parking lot. While Brown was backing up, Clark left the business and approached the patrol car. Court documents say as Clark moved closer, Brown put the car into drive and accelerated in the direction of Clark.

Clark drew his pistol and fired two rounds into the vehicle, which continued to drive through the parking lot. The car left the parking lot, driving east on Northwest Vivion Road, where it hit a utility pole and came to a stop.

Brown got out of the car and ran north with a Riverside police officer behind him in a patrol car.  

About two hours later, Brown was arrested and taken to North Kansas City Hospital for medical treatment. One of his injuries included a gunshot wound to the arm, according to a news release from the Platte County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. 

At the hospital, Brown admitted to stealing the car, saying he didn’t want to go to jail, according to court documents. 

Brown is being held in the Platte County Jail in lieu of a $75,000 cash-only bond. 

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