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

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“Some adrenaline is definitely going through,” Smith said.

The shooting is the second officer-involved shooting in Independence in a week.

Officers shot and killed 32-year-old Sief Bani-Khalid of Independence while responding to an armed disturbance about 4:40 p.m. Feb. 22 at a home in the 700 block of North Frandsen Road. Officers were checking out a report that gunshots had been fired.

Arriving officers encountered Bani-Khalid at the front door entryway and gave commands that were heard by witnesses, police have said. Two officers fired their weapons, striking and killing Bani-Khalid.

Bani-Khalid died at the scene. Police said a firearm was allegedly found near where he was shot. He was also allegedly wearing a fanny pack containing ammunition.

This shooting also comes two weeks after a mass shooting killed one person and injured 24 others at the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl victory rally at Union Station Feb. 14.

News of Thursday’s fatal shooting spread quickly.


Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter: “My heart breaks for the Independence Police Department and all the family and friends of their officer who succumbed to injuries from a shooting earlier today.”

He added that he was praying for all others affected and all of the women and men of law enforcement in the Kansas City area.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said his office continue to receive updates on the shooting. He said the Missouri State Highway Patrol was assisting.

“Teresa and I are praying for the@IndepMoPolice officers involved and all who work to protect us,” Parson said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

The Kansas City office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responded to the scene to assist the Independence Police Department.


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