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Independence police officer dies of injuries after shooting Wednesday

Blaize Madrid-Evans
Posted at 6:38 PM, Sep 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-16 01:00:04-04

UPDATE, 10:50 p.m., | Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans died of his injuries Wednesday night, according to the Independence Police Department.

"It is with heavy hearts we announce that this evening, Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans succumbed to his injuries and passed away," IPD tweeted. "No further information will be released this evening as we give the Officer's family and his family in blue privacy in this difficult time."

EARLIER | The Independence Police Department has identified the officer who was shot while responding to a call on Wednesday.

According to the department, Blaize Madrid-Evans, 22, is currently in critical condition at an area hospital.

Madrid-Evans began his career as an officer in January, when he joined the Independence Police Department at the Kansas City Regional Police Academy. He later graduated from the academy in July.

Upon receiving his commission, he entered the department's Field Training Officer program and was still in training.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Andy Bell, Madrid-Evans was responding to a call at around 11:30 a.m. near East 23rd Street and Northern Boulevard.

When Madrid-Evans and a second officer arrived the suspect opened fire. The second officer fired back, killing the suspect.

As of 8:13 p.m., there is no update on Madrid-Evans' injuries, according to MSHP.