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Kansas City Officer Indicted for On-Duty Shooting

February 23, 2015  | 

A Jackson County, Mo., grand jury has indicted a Kansas City officer in connection with the nonfatal shooting of a 37-year-old man last June.

Prosecutors did not release details of the shooting incident, but family and friends told media last summer that the man was unarmed when the officer shot him in the face June 24 in the 6400 block of East 15th Terrace.

Shortly after the shooting, police officials said officers had gone to a house looking for a wanted person. Someone matching that person’s description ran from the house. An officer fired his weapon when he believed the person was about to shoot him.

The officer, 31, faces charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action in the case.

Various law enforcement and legal sources the Kansas City Star Friday that they could not recall the last time a Kansas City officer was indicted after a shooting.

In an internal message to department members, Police Chief Darryl Forté said he believed the officer was “acting in the best interest of public safety when he was placed in that situation.”

The Kansas City Fraternal Order of Police released a written statement expressing strong support for the officer, whom it described as an impeccable officer with a flawless record. The FOP asked that the media respect his privacy as he prepares to “fight these baseless charges.

Comments (4)

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notmeofficer @ 2/23/2015 5:00 PM

It is a sign of the times... be careful out there ... aggresive policing appears to put one at risk now
Ultimately communities will get what they want....and it might surprise them

kevCopAz @ 2/24/2015 3:44 PM

You (notmeofficer) are so right, all LEOs should drive around, look good, be polite and take reports SAFTER crimes take lace. Thats what it seems that the departments / courts and DOJ went. So do what most Feds do, stay safe, look busy and avoid any chance at screwing up just wait for your check, cash them until they turn into retirement checks and then enjoy retirement. Even if you do aggressive police work, are successful in not being indicted none will care or thank you anyway. Sad to say, but true. I am so glad my career is over and I am not subject to the ridicules system Justice has become.

cash @ 2/25/2015 9:50 AM

kevCopAZ - I still love my job but sadly I believe you are right on the money.

HRPufnstuf @ 2/25/2015 12:23 PM

I think I'm going to become a weather forecaster. I won't get shot, cut, or beat on. I won't get sued. I won't go to jail. I can be wrong half the time, and the public will still love me.

And I'll get paid 5-10 times what I make as an LEO. Why am I still doing this?

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