Man killed, woman hurt in Independence aggravated assault

UPDATE - Police have identified the victim as Christopher D. Waggoner, 30, of Independence. The investigation revealed his death was caused by a stab wound, and police continue to investigate this as a homicide. The case remains open. 


INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A man was killed and a woman was injured in a reported aggravated assault Tuesday morning.

At 5:30 a.m., Independence police officers responded to the 800 block of South Huttig Avenue for an aggravated assault. 

When officers arrived, they found a critically injured man outside a residence. He was taken to an area hospital and was later pronounced dead.

Independence police said another victim, a woman, was also found at the scene. She was taken to an area hospital and later released. 

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office is determining the cause of death. 

If you know anything about this incident you’re asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477 or IPD tips at 816-325-7777 or email

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