Police Department

Homicide Investigation

Independence Police Department

Administrative Division

Officer John Syme

(816) 325-7643

News Release

For Immediate Release: July 15, 2015 

Homicide Investigation- Shooting

On today’s date, at 4:00 a.m., police officers responded to the intersection of 30th terrace south and Lee's Summit Road, in reference to a shooting that just occurred. One male subject was found in the roadway with a life threatening gunshot injury and was transported to the hospital. He was later pronounced deceased.

The apparent shooter, another male subject, remained at the scene and was taken into custody. A handgun was recovered at the scene of the shooting. The criminal investigations unit is still investigating the incident at this time and the shooter is still in custody.

The deceased subject was identified as Arthur L. Ratcliff, 41 year old black man, from Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Ratcliff's family has been notified.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please call the Tips Hotline at (816) 474-8477, or the Independence Police department (816) 325-7777 or leads@indepmo.org