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Jackson County: MSHP Investigating Officer Involved Shooting

JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. – Police are investigating a late night officer involved shooting in Jackson County that happened after midnight Saturday December 7th.
JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. – Police are investigating a late night officer involved shooting in Jackson County that happened after midnight Saturday December 7th.

The incident occurred around 3:00 a.m. when a pedestrian walking down the middle of Noland Road at I-70 was stopped by a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper. During the check, the pedestrian claimed to be armed and carrying a bag of drugs. The suspect has been identified as Scott M. Williford, 33, of Kansas City. After making a claim that he was armed, Williford reached onto his person as if he was attempting to retrieve a gun, at this time Williford was fatally struck by a gunshot fired by the trooper. “The trooper, fearing for his own life, fired his service weapon striking the suspect,” the Missouri State Highway Patrol says.

An investigation of Williford’s whereabouts preceding the incident found that he had just left a Quik Trip store. While inside the store the suspect made comments to the store clerk indicating that he planned to rob the store.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control is conducting an ongoing investigation of the encounter.

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