Pleasant Hill man charged in fatal shooting on I-70 in Independence

Posted at 7:21 PM, Sep 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-02 12:44:43-04

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- A Pleasant Hill man has been charged in the shooting death of another man Friday night on I-70 in Independence. 

Michael T. Dumas, 26, faces charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Phillip J. Anderson. 

According to court documents, police were in the area of Noland Rd. and I-70 around 9 p.m. when they heard gunshots. Dispatch later advised them that a person had been shot in the head and was dead near Quick Trip on 40 Hwy. and Sterling Ave. 

A witness at the scene told police he was driving the vehicle Anderson was in during the shooting. 

He told police Anderson was in an argument with another man at a gas station on Nolan Rd. The argument led to shots being fired between the two vehicles along I-70. 

The witness said Anderson was in the front passenger seat when he was shot and they drove to the Quick Trip to get help. 

A few hours later, dispatch in Kansas City received a call from someone saying Michael Dumas was hiding in the woods near her home in the 700 block of Blue Ridge. According to the caller, Dumas told her he had 'done something bad' and that 'he was shot at first.' 

Kansas City police responded to the area and took Dumas into custody. He was transported to an area hospital for making suicidal comments. 

Court documents say Dumas was emotional and crying during an interview with Independence police and made a comment that he was not a murderer. He acknowledged being involved in an incident at a gas station in Independence. 

Dumas is being held in the Jackson County Jail. Prosecutors have requested a cash bond of $250,000.