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Texas Man Dies in Officer-Involved Shooting in Cass County

BELTON, Mo. -- UPDATE:  CBS affiliate KCTV reports a man from Texas has died from his injuries after exchanging gunfire with authorities in Cass County, Missouri Wednesday night.

Earlier report:

BELTON, Mo. -- Authorities in Cass County, MO, exchanged gunfire with a felony suspect after a chase late Wednesday night and the suspect was injured.

According to a news release from the Highway patrol,  the Belton Police Department began pursuing a red Ford Explorer southbound on Interstate 49 in response to a shooting call. That was about 11:30 p.m.

Two Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers were working a traffic stop at the 170 mile marker, at the time, and were able to stop the vehicle using stop sticks.

After being stopped, the suspect, a white man, age 27, from Houston, Texas, got out of his vehicle and pointed a gun at his own head. He then walked down the interstate pointing the gun at passing vehicles and at one point firing a shot. 

The man then forced another driver out of a white GMC Terrain and began driving north into Raymore, MO.

Authorities followed the suspect and stopped him in a subdivision. 

The suspect again began walking away from officers and pointed the gun at his own head before turning it towards the officers.

At about 11:50 p.m., troopers say shots were fired. The man was seriously injured during the gunfire and was taken to an area hospital.

According to court records, the suspect has two active felony warrants for his arrest from Jackson County, MO. 

The shooting is being investigated by the MSHP’s Drug and Crime Control division.


Full news release from Missouri Highway Patrol:


Officer Involved Shooting in Cass County


On February 14, 2018, at 11:31 p.m., the Belton Police Department advised they were pursuing a red Ford Explorer southbound from their city limits on Interstate 49 regarding a shooting call.  Two troopers were on a traffic stop in the area at the 170 mile marker.  Troopers successfully deployed a tire deflation device and the suspect vehicle became disabled just south of that location.  The fleeing suspect got out of the vehicle pointing a gun at his own head.  He began walking down the interstate pointing the weapon at vehicles, and at one point fired at a passing motorist. The driver then forced another motorist out of a white GMC Terrain and fled in that vehicle northbound on Interstate 49 into Raymore. Troopers, a Cass County Sheriff's Deputy, and Raymore Police Officers pursued the suspect into Raymore. The suspect got out of the vehicle in a subdivision near North Dean Avenue and Lucy Webb.  The suspect began walking away from officers while pointing the gun at his own head and at officers. At 11:50 p.m., troopers advised shots had been fired.  The white male suspect, age 27, from Houston, Texas, was injured during the gunfire and transported to Research Hospital, in Kansas City, for treatment of serious injuries.  A computer check of the suspect revealed two active felony warrants for his arrest from Jackson County, Missouri.  

The officer involved shooting is being investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control.  The Cass County Sheriff's Department, Belton Police Department and the Raymore Police Department are assisting with the investigation.


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