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Jackson County deputy shoots, kills man during attempted arrest in Independence

Independence police give update on fatal shooting by deputy

Independence police spokesman Officer John Syme provided an update on the investigation after a Jackson County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man during an attempted arrest. The shooting occurred Thursday near 25th Street and Hawthorne Avenue.
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Independence police spokesman Officer John Syme provided an update on the investigation after a Jackson County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man during an attempted arrest. The shooting occurred Thursday near 25th Street and Hawthorne Avenue.

A Jackson County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man during an attempted arrest in Independence Thursday night, according to the Independence Police Department.

The shooting occurred about 6:51 p.m in the 9800 block of East 25th Street, near South Hawthorne Avenue, according to Office John Syme, an Independence police spokesman. The incident took place in the street, Syme said.

The deputy was one of a group from the sheriff’s office working together with Independence police to “apprehend a known suspect with numerous felony warrants for his arrest,” Syme said.

The deputy shot the suspect and the suspect died, Syme said.

Police on Sept. 16 identified the man as Allen M. Cates, 29, of Independence.

A second person who was with the suspect was injured and taken to a hospital. Their condition has not been released and police have not said how that person was injured.

No police officers or deputies were injured.

Part of South Hawthorne Avenue remained blocked off as the Independence Police Department continued its investigation Thursday night.

Police were still investigating what led up to shots being fired.

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Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.
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