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Police identify man killed in shooting involving Independence, Sugar Creek police

Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting early Tuesday that left one man dead and another one injured following a pursuit involving Independence and Sugar Creek police.
Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting early Tuesday that left one man dead and another one injured following a pursuit involving Independence and Sugar Creek police. The Star

Police identified the man killed early Tuesday in a shooting involving Independence and Sugar Creek police as 22-year-old Dakota A. Lukecart of Lincoln, Mo.

Lukecart was the driver of a maroon sedan that allegedly fled from police. The shooting occurred about 2:20 a.m. near McBride Street and Barreto Lane in Sugar Creek and involved police officers from Independence and Sugar Creek.

Lukecart and a male passenger were shot. Lukecart died and the other man, who was not identified, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Reached for comment Tuesday, Lukecart’s sister, Destiny, said she was too distraught to talk.

April Gross-Jacobs, a woman who identified herself as Lukecart’s stepmother on Facebook, posted that a GoFundMe page had been set up to help pay for funeral arrangements and to help care for Lukecart’s daughter.

Attempts to reach Gross-Jacobs for comment were unsuccessful.

According to the post, Lukecart’s funeral will be 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at First Baptist Church in Lincoln.

Another woman identified herself on Facebook as the mother of the passenger. Rachel Payne said in a post that her son, Trevor, was shot twice in the leg and pelvis.

“He’s had surgery but they will not let me talk to him or see him,” Payne posted. “He’ll be in the hospital for a while for recovery. I don’t know the extent of his injuries but he is in stable condition. They won’t tell me anything else. He watched his best friend die. He’s got no support while he’s in the hospital. I’m sure he is a total mess. Thanks for all the concerns and well wishes. Please keep him and Dakota Lukecart family in your thoughts?”

Attempts on Tuesday to reach Payne for comment were also unsuccessful.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

Toriano Porter: 816-234-4779, @torianoporter

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