NewsLocal News


Records: Belton man shot by police threatened officers with machete

Belton police shooting.jpeg
Posted at 4:13 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 17:13:58-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Belton man allegedly threatened law enforcement officers with a machete before he was shot and seriously injured by police Sunday morning.

According to a probable cause statement, William D. Mallow, 54, called 911 to say that he planned to kill his mother. While on the phone with dispatch, Mallow continued to say he planned to kill someone and that had a machete in his hand.

Two Belton police officers responded and made contact with Mallow’s mother outside the home in the 7500 block of Crown Trailer Park. She told officers that Mallow was inside the home.

When the officers entered the home, they could hear Mallow yelling that he would kill them if they came in, according to the probable cause statement. The officers forced their way into the room and found Mallow holding a machete.

Officers instructed Mallow to show his hands three times, according to the probable cause statement. He then “advanced towards the officers with the machete in his right hand,” the statement said.

One of the officers fired two shots, striking Mallow. Both officers rendered first aid until EMS arrived.

On Monday afternoon, Mallow remained in the hospital. He was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, and his bond was set at $250,000.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office also responded to the scene. The agency said Sunday it was investigating the incident.