Suspect shot, injured by Independence police officer at Independence motel

Officer involved shooting at Independence motel
Posted at 3:28 AM, Dec 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-28 06:37:47-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An Independence police officer was involved with a shooting early this morning near a motel in the 15000 block of E. US 40 Highway.

Police say the officer was conducting proactive patrol at the Executive Inn and Suites motel about midnight when the shooting occurred.

The officer conducted a check of an occupied vehicle in the parking lot. As the officer exited the patrol vehicle, a person emerged from the car with a handgun. That's when the officer fired their weapon, striking the suspect.

The injured person was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The officer who fired the weapon was not injured.

The shooting will be investigated by the Police Involved Investigations Team, a regional investigative team that was formed to investigate police use of force incidents.

The PIIT is comprised of investigators from Lee's Summit, Grandview, Independence and Blue Springs Police Departments.

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