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2 officers, process server shot during eviction in Independence, Missouri

Robert A. Cronkleton, Glenn E. Rice, Kendrick Calfee, Jonathan Shorman, Nathan Pilling and Judy L. Thomas, The Kansas City Star on

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two Independence police officers and a civil process server were shot, two of them fatally, during an eviction Thursday afternoon in the northeast part of the city, officials said.

A tactical response team had to be called in to extract the officer’s body from the front porch of a residence. The victims were taken to Centerpoint Medical Center, two of them in critical condition, the Missouri Highway Patrol said.

Officials confirmed Independence police officer Cody Allen was killed in the gunfire, along with Jackson County courts civil process server Drexel Mack.

About a half dozen police cars were parked outside the main entrance of Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence after the shooting. Officers and police personnel could be seen hugging each other and crying.

The shooting occurred shortly after 1 p.m. in the 1100 block of North Elsea Smith Road, near East Bundschu Road, said Cpl. Justin Ewing, a spokesman with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

A civil process server with the Jackson County Circuit Court called Independence police requesting call for officer assistance. The caller advised that an officer with the court had been shot, Ewing said. Simultaneously, a neighbor called 911 saying that an officer had been shot.


Multiple officers from the Independence Police Department responded and additional shots were fired, critically injuring two police officers, Ewing said.

At that time, officers from multiple agencies responded to assist, including tactical units. Eventually, a male suspect was taken into custody with minor injuries.

It was unknown how many civil process servers were on the scene when the initial shots were fired, Ewing said.

Officers and tactical units with the Kansas City Police Department also responded, said Capt. Jake Becchina with the Kansas City Police Department. They initiated an Operation 100, a tactical response for an armed barricaded suspect that includes negotiators trained to help deescalate a situation.


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