UPDATE: Arrest made in fatal shooting of off-duty Missouri officer

9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 6:55:00 PM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A man has been charged in the killing of an off-duty police officer at a restaurant in Kansas City's Westport bar and entertainment district.

The Kansas City Star reports that 22-year-old Sean Steward, of Kansas City, was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of Thomas Alvin Orr III. The 30-year-old officer worked for the police department in suburban Lee's Summit.

Police said Orr was not the intended target and was shot Aug. 20 during an argument between other people at Californos restaurant. Court records say a witness told investigators that they saw Steward fire a handgun and run down a flight of stairs.

The prosecutor's office didn't immediately respond to a phone message asking whether Steward had an attorney.

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Kansas City police have arrested a person of interest in the shooting death of an off-duty Lee's Summit police officer.

Police announced the arrest Wednesday in the Aug. 30 death of 30-year-old Thomas Alvin Orr III at a gathering at a Kansas City restaurant.

The suspect's name and other details of the arrest were not released.

The police statement said the person was taken into custody during a separate investigation and became a suspect in Orr's death as the first investigation progressed.

Orr was fatally shot at a day party at Californos restaurant in Westport. Police said Orr was not the intended target and was shot during an argument between other people.

Orr was with the Lee's Summit police since March 2015. He previously was an officer in Marshall.

Editor's note: this story has been edited to reflect the most current information. 

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