Man who allegedly shot at Independence police officer charged in incident

Posted at 6:38 PM, Nov 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-04 10:34:19-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man who allegedly shot at an Independence police officer at a gas station early Thursday morning has been charged in the incident.

Ryland E. Polson, 30, was charged with first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

The incident, which ended with Polson being shot, happened around 1 a.m. at a BP Gas Station near West 23rd Street South and Crysler Avenue.

Independence police responded to a disturbance involving multiple people at the gas station.

Investigators reviewed dashcam footage which showed Polson walking away from the disturbance.

The officer told Polson, "Let me see your hands." Polson later allegedly brandished a gun and shot at the officer, who returned fire.

Polson was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

He remains hospitalized as of Friday morning, per Sgt. Chris Depue of the Lee's Summit Police Department and Eastern Jackson County Police Involved Incident Team.