Crime

Independence man faces gun charge for role in fatal shooting of 20-year-old woman

Tristen W. Bishop
Tristen W. Bishop

Prosecutors have charged a 21-year-old man with a weapons charge for his role in the death of a woman found fatally shot Thursday inside of a home in Independence.

Tristen W. Bishop of Independence faces unlawful use of a weapon in the killing of Abigail L. Edwards, 20, who was shot in the head.

According to court records, the shooting may have stemmed from an ongoing feud over a stolen vehicle.

Officers were called to the 500 block of South Oxford Avenue about 12:35 a.m. and heard screaming coming from inside of a residence. They were immediately directed to a second-floor bedroom where they found Edwards sprawled on the floor. She was pronounced dead moments later, according to court records.

Crime scene investigators later found several 9mm caliber shell casings on South Oxford Avenue and near the residence. A resident later told police that he found a pistol magazine with ammunition near the intersection of Lexington and Cedar avenues.

Detectives identified Bishop as a person of interest while investigating the shooting. Bishop and an accomplice were under investigation by police and federal authorities for a series of street robberies, court records stated.

Investigators later recovered several receipts inside a vehicle showing purchases for 50 rounds of 9mm ammunition and a pistol magazine that were made several days before the fatal shooting.

Police arrested Bishop on Saturday, during a traffic stop, two days after the killing. Bishop was possession of a Ruger 9mm pistol. He was placed on a 24-hour hold for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Bishop allegedly admitted to detectives that he and an accomplice fired several shots into the residence. Bishop said he opened fire so because his accomplice began shooting, prosecutors allege.

Bishop also said the pistol he was carrying when arrested was the same one he fired at the residence several days earlier.

The other pistol had lost one of the magazines somewhere on Home Street, which is located near Lexington and Cedar avenues, according to court records.

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