Man charged in shooting of Independence police officer

1 year 4 weeks 1 day ago February 26, 2016 Feb 26, 2016 Friday, February 26 2016 Friday, February 26, 2016 5:48:35 AM CST in Continuous News
By: Associated Press

INDEPENDENCE (AP) — A man has been charged with second-degree assault after authorities say he shot an Independence police officer at a motel.

The Kansas City Star reports that 23-year-old Brandon Mitchell was charged Thursday with armed criminal action. It is unclear if Mitchell has an attorney.

Court records say two officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at the Deluxe Inn around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday and encountered several people arguing. Authorities say Mitchell ignored several commands not to enter a particular motel room, and that an officer attempted to stop him from entering the room.

Authorities say that during a struggle between Mitchell and the officer, the two fell onto a bed and Mitchell shot the officer in the foot.

The officer, who has not been identified, is expected to recover.

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