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Surveillance video leads police to 18-year-old suspect in Swope Parkway killing

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A teenager has been charged with murder in the March 14 shooting of a man who was trying to fix an SUV on Swope Parkway in Kansas City, according to Jackson County prosecutors.

Bryant A. Brown, 18, is charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the killing of 29-year-old Deron Ross, who was found shot after midnight in the 5300 block of Swope Parkway.

Police were called to the scene after Ross was found shot in the street. He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Research Medical Center, where he died.

According to court records, two witnesses told police they were with Ross when the shooting happened. They said they were trying to fix their broken down vehicle, a Buick Rendezvous, on Swope Parkway when a young man confronted them, telling Ross and one of the witnesses they were being too loud, court records said. Soon after, a fight broke out, shots were fired and Ross fell to the ground, they said.

The shooter ran away.

One of the witnesses said Ross did not have a gun when he was shot.

At the scene, police found a red “KC” baseball cap with white writing thought to be left by the suspect. They also found six shell casings.

Police used surveillance video from a nearby store to find the suspect, who was allegedly seen wearing what appeared to be the same red baseball cap that was left at the scene.

Days after the shooting, police received information from individuals identifying the suspect shown in the red hat as Brown. Police were tipped off that Brown allegedly fled to Columbia after the fatal shooting.

On Tuesday, Columbia police officers located Brown at his father’s home and arrested him.

In an interview with police, Brown allegedly said he left Kansas City because he was afraid police would think he had something to do with the shooting.

Prosecutors filed charges against Brown on Wednesday. The court set his bond at $250,000.

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Ian Cummings is the breaking news editor for The Kansas City Star, where he started as a reporter in 2015. He is a Kansas City native who graduated from the University of Kansas in 2012.


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