A Lee’s Summit man shot multiple times by police during an armed standoff early Saturday now faces weapons charges, including shooting at officers.
James B. Shade, 45, was injured during the incident after officers responded to a report of a man who was suicidal in an apartment complex at the 700 block of Northeast Tudor Road.
According to court records, Shade called a suicide crisis hotline, threatening to shoot himself. The crisis hotline operator told Shade they had called police. Shade reportedly replied, “I will shoot anyone that shows up.”
Police arrived and set up a perimeter around his apartment and evacuated nearby residents when they learned that Shade was armed.
Other officers arrived and telephoned Shade, but he didn’t answer their call.
An officer soon noticed Shade open an apartment door and shouted. Shade then saw the officer, slammed the door and fired a shotgun from inside the apartment. The slug traveled through his apartment front door and toward the officer, who was not struck.
The round traveled through several walls, a window and across a parking lot, where it struck a second building.
Shade walked out of his apartment with the shotgun pointed underneath his jaw. He refused to obey officers’ repeated demands to drop the shotgun.
An officer fired less lethal munitions at Shade. Between the impacts from the shots, Shade allegedly yelled at the officers, “Do you think that will stop me?”
Several officers shot Shade when he advanced toward them.
Police later saw a text message from Shade, where he reportedly wrote, “I’m sorry... suicide by cop is my best option. I have $450,000 on Life Insurance. Please delegate between my boys.”
Shade had previously sent text messages to family members threatening suicide. Officers arriving at Shade’s apartment found a loaded “lever action rifle” and “a loaded single shot shotgun,” according to court records.