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Independence police officer shoots man during disturbance at gas station

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Posted at 2:56 AM, Nov 03, 2022

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Independence Police Department said an officer shot a suspect at a gas station overnight.

Police were called around 1 a.m. to the BP Gas Station near West 23rd Street South and Crysler Avenue for a disturbance involving multiple people.

As an officer was investigating, a man showed a handgun and the officer fired his weapon at the man, according to Independence police.

The man who was shot by the officer was taken to an area hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

While the Missouri State Highway Patrol typically investigates shootings involving law enforcement, this incident is being handled by a new detective team.

Law enforcement from Grandview, Lee's Summit and Blue Springs have formed a team with Independence. Detectives from the three agencies that were not involved in the shooting will investigate for the city that was involved moving forward.

The Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office will work to determine whether the use of force was warranted.

Until the investigation concludes, the Independence officer has been placed on paid administrative leave.