Police Department

Homicide Investigation in the 16000 block of E. 5th St. N.

For immediate release: December 4, 2016 

Homicide Investigation in the 16000 block of E. 5th St. N.

The Independence Police Department is investigating a homicide in the 16000 block of E. 5th St N. Officers were called to that area at 4:48 pm today. The victim has been identified as Phillip Diaz, a 23 year old Hispanic Male, from Independence.

Additional information will be released when it becomes available.

If you know anything about this crime, please call the TIPS Hotline (816) 474-TIPS or IPD tips at (816) 325-7777 or email leads@indepmo.org

Homicide Investigation Update: December 5 2016

Independence Police were called to the 16700 block of E. 5th Street North in Hawthorne Place Apartments at 4:48 pm yesterday (12-04-16), on a deceased subject who was found lying on the ground in a parking lot. Bystanders told police that the subject was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that the victim was killed by a gunshot. Detectives are looking for a grey or silver colored Pontiac as a vehicle of interest. The vehicle was driven by a black male and also had another black male passenger.

The victim has been identified as Phillip A. Diaz, a 23 year old Hispanic Male, from Independence.

If you know anything about this crime, please call the TIPS Hotline (816) 474-TIPS or IPD tips at (816) 325-7777 or email leads@indepmo.org