Jackson County prosecutors have charged a 44-year-old man in a fatal shooting that happened Wednesday night at a Blue Springs hotel.
Marvin M. Belk faces second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the killing of Joshua L. McDaniel. Belk is being held in the Jackson County Detention Center on $250,000 bond.
The shooting allegedly stemmed from a verbal altercation between the two men at the Welcome Inn, 3300 N.W. Jefferson St. Belk told investigators that McDaniel threatened his wife and son.
According to court records, Belk told investigators he was working at a job in Olathe when he received a phone call from a neighbor who said another man at the hotel was in the parking lot threatening Belk's son. Belk and his family live at the hotel.
While driving back to the hotel, Belk said, he received a call from his wife, who said the same man had threatened her and their 14-year-old son.
Belk arrived at the hotel, grabbed his gun from his room and put it in his left front pants pocket. He did not speak to his wife, walked directly to the third floor and confronted McDaniel.
During the exchange, McDaniel allegedly said, “So you brought a gun?” Belk then pulled the weapon out of his pants pocket and shot McDaniel "before he had even thought about it," court documents say he told police.
"Mr. Belk made the comment that after the shooting, he realized he had made a mistake," court documents quote a police officer.
Belk then walked downstairs to his second-floor apartment, hugged his wife and walked outside, where he surrendered to arriving police officers.
Belk flagged down an officer and said, "I am the one you are looking for," according to court records.
Officers immediately handcuffed Belk and removed a Sig-Sauer .45-caliber, semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and a magazine with six live rounds from his right front pants pocket, court documents say.
He told police he removed the magazine because he didn't want to hurt the officers or get hurt himself, court documents say.
Belk could not give investigators specific phrases from the threats McDaniel made to his son or wife. Belk said they “just kept saying they were threatened,” according to court documents.
Nearby businesses owners say the hotel has been a persistent haven for crime.
Business owners in the area met earlier this year in an effort to encourage city officials to do more about the property where police often find stolen vehicles, neighbors find drug paraphernalia or drug users who have overdosed, said Jeff Siems, owner of Blue Springs Marine, which is next door to the Welcome Inn.
Many residents at the hotel are long-term, not nightly, guests. Children live at the motel with their families, and there's a bus stop at the motel, he said.