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Two shot by Independence police are expected to survive

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.

Two people shot by Independence police on Tuesday are expected to survive, police said Wednesday.

One has been released from a hospital while the other remains hospitalized in stable condition, said Officer John Syme, an Independence Police Department spokesman.

The two people were armed when police shot them shortly after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday outside a Dollar General at East 23rd Street and East Westport Road, according to police. Officers had responded to the area on a report of an armed person.

No police officers were injured in the incident. Syme said on Tuesday that he did not know whether an officer or one of the individuals fired first.

Police have not released more details about what led up to the shooting or said how many officers fired shots during the incident.

It remained unclear how many officers responded to the initial report of the armed person.

The Independence Police Department is investigating the shooting.

Immediately after the shooting Tuesday, investigators canvassed the area for surveillance video 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. An employee at the Dollar General said the store had a video recording of the incident.

Syme said any video of the shooting would likely not be released to the public while the investigation is ongoing. Independence officers are not equipped with body cameras.

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