INDEPENDENCE, MO – An Independence Police Officer was seriously injured in a shooting incident Wednesday.
The incident took place after 11:00 am at East 23rd Street South and South Northern Boulevard. The Missouri State Patrol said that police received a tip on a wanted subject, leading them to the area.
Two officers responded to the target location and were met with gunfire. One officer was struck.
The other officer returned fire, shooting and killing the suspect.
Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans, 22 years old, was shot and is currently listed as being in critical condition.
The suspect has not been identified, nor has the reason the man was wanted.
It appears that police are investigating whether this incident was a setup, as MSP Sergeant Andy Bell said, “There are going to be some ways to look into that to exactly find out what kind of tip was this other than hey there might be some wanted individual at this address.”