Police Department

Officer Involved Shooting

For immediate release: January 7, 2017

Officer Involved Shooting

At 6:55 pm this evening (January 7, 2017), Independence Police were dispatched to the 18900 block of E. 37th Terr South, Independence Ridge Apartments, on an armed suicidal adult male.

When police officers arrived they contacted the male outside of one of the apartment units armed with a shotgun. The officers were able to safely remove the other occupants of the apartment unit to a safe location. As the officers were communicating with the male he pointed the shotgun in the direction of the officers and one of the officers shot the male.

The officers on scene immediately provided first aid until medics arrived. The male was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Update: January 10, 2017 

The deceased person has been identified as Carlos A. Cruz, a 50 year old Hispanic male from Independence.