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Jackson County Sheriff releases name of man fatally shot by deputy at Raytown Wal-Mart

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office identified Donald Sneed III as the man fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy Sunday. This family photo shows Sneed with his daughter.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office identified Donald Sneed III as the man fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy Sunday. This family photo shows Sneed with his daughter.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of a man fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy Sunday night during a shoplifting arrest at the Wal-Mart in Raytown.

Donald Sneed III, 31, died at a hospital after the deputy shot him while attempting to make the arrest shortly before 10 p.m. at the Wal-Mart at 10300 E. U.S. 350.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Sneed had disarmed the deputy of her stun gun and shocked her in the neck with it before she shot him to defend herself and others at the store.

Sneed’s wife, Rachel Sneed, said she was shocked at his death but also knew he had been in trouble recently.

The two had been separated for some time while Sneed struggled with substance abuse problems and spent time in Colorado and Florida.

The couple had a 10-year-old daughter, and Sneed, a carpenter by trade, had also been a parent to Rachel Sneed’s three children from a previous relationship.

“They are pretty shook up,” Rachel Sneed said of the children.

“He was really good with kids,” she said. “He was actually a really good person once upon a time. He was very, very sweet. He loved to make people laugh. He would carry an older lady’s groceries to her car at the store. He just went down the wrong road.”

Sneed had been an accomplished athlete, Rachel Sneed said. He had earned a black belt in taekwondo.

“He was trying to get his life back,” she said. “He was trying to put himself back together for his daughter, he really was.”

Rachel Sneed said she and other family members have unanswered questions about how the shoplifting arrest turned into a deadly physical altercation.

The incident at the Wal-Mart began while the deputy was working off-duty at the store and recognized Sneed as being wanted for felony arrest warrants. She alerted store employees, who allegedly watched Sneed shoplift some merchandise.

Two store employees contacted Sneed as he exited the store and a struggled ensued, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy began to help the employees stop Sneed, who fought with the deputy. The deputy discharged her stun gun at Sneed, but to no effect. The deputy tried using the stun gun directly on Sneed’s body, but that also appeared to have no effect, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

When Sneed took the stun gun away from the deputy and used it on her, the weapon was effective. The deputy shot Sneed with her duty weapon.

Emergency medical personnel arrived and rendered aid to both Sneed and the deputy.

The deputy was treated at a hospital, according to Jackson County Sgt. John Payne, who did not elaborate on the deputy’s injuries.

The deputy will be on administrative leave while the shooting is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit, Payne said.

Sneed had active felony warrants for robbery and tampering with a motor vehicle.

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