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Wyandotte County DA files charges in deadly shooting at KCK deli

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Posted at 5:56 PM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 18:56:58-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Wyandotte County District Attorney announced charges in the shooting deaths of two people Wednesday at a deli in Kansas City, Kansas.

Jermelle A. Byers has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Edwards Original Corner Market and Deli owner Dennis Edwards.

Byers also faces a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Lachell Day.

Additionally, Byers was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer for the exchange of gunfire with a KCK police officer and aggravated assault with a firearm against an unidentified victim.

Byers allegedly shot both Day and Edwards at the deli Wednesday afternoon.

Arriving officers responding to an armed disturbance found Day inside. She had been shot and was presumed dead.

Byers remained at the business and exchanged gunfire with officers, who retreated and set up a perimeter.

After a two-hour standoff, Byers was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound, though it’s unclear whether he was injured by police or before police arrived.

It’s also unclear when Edwards was killed.