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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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As of shortly before 5 p.m., no one has made it inside the house, Becchina said. Police do not have any indication any more people were inside the home. Once the home is deemed clear and safe, the house will be turned over to the highway patrol to investigate the shooting.

The call went out about 1:12 p.m., according to audio captured on, saying: “Independence, we have units en route. Officers down inside the doorway. Suspect is still inside.”

Then, at 1:15 p.m., came the call: “Independence is requesting assistance. They have an officer down at 1111 N. Elsea Smith Road.

Another voice said: “This will be on a gunshot wound.”

Two minutes later a voice said: “We now have two officers down.”

Around 1:30 p.m., someone said, “We see the incoming units are telling us to stay in the back, the officers are still stuck at the house getting shot at.”


Then, around 1:40 p.m., someone said: “I’m on foot…we’re approaching the house and it appears that they’re doing CPR on one of the officers.”

Fort Osage schools spokesperson Stephanie Smith said local schools were temporarily placed on lockdown for 20-30 minutes, meaning all exterior doors were locked but classes continued. Once law enforcement gave them the all clear, they lifted the lockdown and plan to conduct dismissal like normal.

Alden Smith, an 18 year old who lives in the area, described being at a nearby McDonald’s restauarant when about half a dozen police vehicles sped by at around 1:30 p.m.

Smith, along some friends, drove by the scene a few minutes later and described seeing numerous police vehicles, along with officers who they said appeared to be part of a SWAT unit.


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