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Officer-involved shooting injures two armed individuals in Independence

Independence officer-involved shooting results in injury of two individuals

Officer John Syme, a spokesman with the Independence Police Department, said two individuals were injured in an officer-involved shooting Tuesday night outside a Dollar General. Syme added that both individuals were armed.
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Officer John Syme, a spokesman with the Independence Police Department, said two individuals were injured in an officer-involved shooting Tuesday night outside a Dollar General. Syme added that both individuals were armed.

An officer-involved shooting injured two in Independence on Tuesday.

No officers were injured, Independence police said, adding that the individuals were both armed.

It remained unclear Tuesday night how many officers responded to the area outside a Dollar General at 23rd and East Westport Road on reports of an armed suspect.

Officer John Syme, a spokesman for Independence police, said he did not know whether the officers or individuals fired first.

Investigators canvassed the area for surveillance footage from surrounding businesses. An employee at the nearby Church’s Chicken, located across the street from the Dollar General, said police had obtained video from the restaurant.

Syme said any dashcam footage or business surveillance footage would likely not be released to the public “to preserve the integrity of the investigation.”

Independence officers are not equipped with body cameras, he added.

Syme did not have an update on the condition of the two injured individuals Tuesday night.

Max Londberg: 816-234-4378, @MaxLondberg

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