Police identify man shot, killed in Independence

Police have identified the man fatally wounded in a shooting in Independence Wednesday morning as Arthur L. Ratcliff, 41, of Kansas City.

Ratcliff died at a hospital from injuries he sustained during at disturbance at 4 a.m. in the 16000 block of East 30th Terrace in Independence.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Ratcliff in the street with a life-threatening gunshot wound. Emergency crews rushed him to a hospital, where he later died.

Police took the shooter, who remained at the scene, into custody for questioning. Police also recovered a handgun.

Police were holding the man while they investigated the shooting and until authorities could determine whether charges were warranted.

The two men knew each other, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (474-8477) or Independence police at 816-325-7777. Tips can also be sent via email to

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to