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OP shooting suspect shot victim in head for allegedly trespassing

Suspect claims shooting was accidental
Posted at 1:16 PM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-31 19:15:36-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A man charged in an Overland Park shooting earlier this month told detectives he accidentally shot someone he thought was trespassing, according to court documents released Thursday.

Isaac Vano, 24, faces charges of aggravated battery in a May 15 shooting in the 11800 block of Hardy Street. He posted a $100,000 bond on the charges on May 27. He’ll next appear in court on June 18.

Court documents in the case revealed Vano had arrived in his parents’ driveway — Vano’s father is a Johnson County District Court judge — around 8 p.m. and saw a man he thought was trespassing. 

Vano told detectives he chased the shooting victim, who a family friend has identified as 27-year-old Addison Roberts, into another yard and then called 9-1-1. During the call, Vano said the shooting victim tried to get away and in the process of trying to grab him, Vano shot Roberts in the back of the head.

“I accidentally grabbed him with the same hand I was holding my gun with, and I accidentally pulled the trigger and I didn’t mean to shoot him,” Vano told an Overland Park Police detective about the incident, according to court records.

Those records also say Vano told the 9-1-1 dispatcher Roberts was acting weird and might be on drugs.

Caleb Romig, 18, lives near where the shooting took place.

He declined to speak to the 41 Action News Investigators on camera but said he was playing basketball in his driveway when he heard the gunshot.

When Romig came around the corner, he said he saw Vano holding a gun and Roberts on the ground in a grassy area between the sidewalk and the street in front of a home.

Surveillance video may be key in the aggravated battery case against Vano.

Court records state video from a camera at a neighbor's home just south of where police found Vano may show Vano running after Roberts.

The 41 Action News Investigators found a doorbell camera at a home just south of where Roberts was found.

While Vano told Overland Park Police Roberts was acting strangely, there may be an explanation.

Multiple sources told the 41 Action News Investigators Roberts has Huntington's Disease, which can cause a person to become confused and disoriented.

Roberts's family home is about a block south of where he was discovered shot.

Court records say police have been unable to speak to Roberts about the shooting because he's been unconscious and in critical condition since it happened.