Belton police fatally shoot man after call about disturbance

Posted at 6:59 AM, Apr 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-05 12:07:16-04

BELTON, Mo. (AP) — The Belton Police Department says officers fatally shot a man after they were called because the man was causing a disturbance in the neighborhood.

On April 1, Belton officers were sent to a residence in the 200 block of Spring Street for a person refusing to leave a residence. 

Belton police Lt. Travis George says police responded to the home at least twice Sunday after complaints that the man was causing problems in the area.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office said officers entered the home and found Donald McCarter, 38, armed with a knife. Officers told McCarter to surrender and drop the knife. The officers used electrical control devices in an attempt to control McCarter, but he failed to comply with their commands, according to the Cass County Sheriff's Office. 

The news release said McCarter advanced on officers while holding the knife. At least one officer fired and hit McCarter, the sheriff's office said. 

Officers and medical personnel at the residence gave McCarter medical attention, but he died at the scene. 

The officers involved, who were not seriously hurt, are on administrative leave.