Authorities were searching a wooded area for a 28-year-old woman and 4-year-old child who fled Thursday morning after a deputy-involved shooting along the Little Blue Trace trail in eastern Independence.
The shooting wounded a man shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday near R.D. Mize and Necessary roads, along the Jackson County Parks and Recreation trail that flanks the Little Blue River.
Jackson County sheriff’s deputies had been patrolling the area along the trail because of recent car thefts, said Sgt. John Payne with the Sheriff’s Office. A deputy who saw someone acting suspiciously inside a van pulled over the van. A man, woman and child were inside.
The deputy became involved in a struggle with the man and fired several shots, Payne said. At least one bullet hit the man, who broke free, jumped into the van and drove away. The woman and child fled on foot.
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A brief chase of the van ended when the driver ran a red light and an American Medical Response ambulance hit the van at R.D. Mize and Jackson Drive, Payne said. Officers arrested the man, who was taken to a nearby hospital.
The deputy involved in the struggle also was injured, though not by a bullet, Payne said.
Deputies called for all-terrain vehicles to help them search for the woman and child.
Police from multiple jurisdictions responded to the scene. Police were using a Highway Patrol helicopter, drone and police dogs from Grandview and Cass County to search. One dog found a purse on the riverbank about 9:45 a.m.
Bicyclists and runners frequent the Little Blue Trace trail, which runs 11 miles as part of a Jackson County park that stretches from Longview Lake north to Blue Mills Road.