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Benefit fund is established for wounded Pleasant Valley police officer

A fund to help cover expenses for a Pleasant Valley Police Officer Jacob Baldwin has been set up at a local credit union.
A fund to help cover expenses for a Pleasant Valley Police Officer Jacob Baldwin has been set up at a local credit union.

A fund to help cover expenses for a 37-year-old Pleasant Valley police officer seriously wounded during a traffic stop has been set up at a local credit union, officials announced Tuesday.

Jacob Baldwin remained hospitalized Tuesday following the incident late Saturday on Interstate 35 near Interstate 435 in Clay County. Baldwin had pulled over a vehicle for a registration violation. The driver jumped out and fired several shots from a semiautomatic handgun toward the windshield of Baldwin’s patrol car, striking the officer in the face.

Baldwin radioed for help as the driver got back into his vehicle and sped away. Authorities later arrested a suspect, Omar D. Maria, 31, of Kansas City, after a short standoff at a residence in the 1900 block of Parallel Avenue in Kansas City, Kan.

The benefit account was set up in response to an outpouring of support for Baldwin and his family. Baldwin has a 7-year-old daughter and has worked for the Pleasant Valley police for two years, said Pleasant Valley Police Chief Mark Dumolt.

Baldwin served in the U.S. Air Force and was deployed four times in the last 14 years, including assignments in Africa, Kuwait and Iraq. He also has served in the Air National Guard.

Maria is being held on a federal probation violation warrant issued by the U.S. Marshals Service for a weapons violation. He has not been charged in Baldwin’s shooting.

Donations may be sent in care of the Jacob Baldwin Benefit Account at the Kansas City Police/Code 1 Credit Union, 8320 N. Brighton Ave., Kansas City, MO 64167. Contributions also are being accepted at the credit union’s other branch offices. Donors can call 816-504-2800 for more information on branch locations and operation hours.

Online donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/iyezhk. Other details are available on the Pleasant Valley police Facebook page.

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