Kansas City police on Thursday identified a man fatally shot in a confrontation involving his niece Wednesday afternoon as Cordney C. Miller, 27, of Kansas City.
The man accused of shooting Miller surrendered to detectives at police headquarters about 1:30 p.m. Thursday with help from Alvin Brooks of the AdHoc Group Against Crime.
The fatal confrontation occurred about 3:30 p.m. during an argument between Miller’s niece and her boyfriend in the parking lot of the Blue Valley Townhomes near 23rd Street and Wheeling Avenue, police said.
Prior to the argument, the couple, who had been dating only a short time, exchanged insults and threats via text message, police said. The boyfriend then drove to her home, where the dispute continued outdoors. As the argument escalated, Miller came outside and tried to intervene, police said.
At some point, Miller pulled out a gun and the boyfriend, who also had a gun, allegedly shot him. Detectives were trying to sort out witness statements to determine which man pulled his gun first. When police arrived, they found Miller on the ground with a gun nearby. The boyfriend had fled.
Shortly after the shooting, grieving relatives gathered near the crime scene and said Miller died trying to protect his niece. He protected everyone in the family and acted as a father figure to his niece’s children and other young relatives, they said. Miller leaves behind a 1-year-old daughter.