Crime

Man charged with shooting at Kansas City Public Works crew, stealing truck

Bertram L. Brown is accused of shooting at four Kansas City Public Works employees Wednesday morning.
Bertram L. Brown is accused of shooting at four Kansas City Public Works employees Wednesday morning. Kansas City Police Department

Jackson County authorities on Thursday charged a 28-year-old man with shooting at four city workers near Eighth and Olive streets and stealing their Public Works truck.

Bertram L. Brown of Kansas City faces four counts of first-degree assault, armed criminal action, possessing a firearm, stealing a motor vehicle and possessing a controlled substance in the incident that happened Wednesday around 7:30 a.m.

According to court records:

Officers were sent to the 800 block of Park Avenue, where city Public Works employees had reported they heard several gunshots.

Several of the workers said they saw a man walking down the street without a shirt and dressed in black shorts. He yelled, “Get off this corner,” and pointed a black, semi-automatic pistol at the four workers.

The gunman fired between eight and nine shots. He also jumped into a city dump truck, got out, then got into a Public Works pickup parked nearby and drove away.

Police arrested Brown a short time later near Ninth Street and Prospect Avenue. Officers located the stolen truck at 11th Street and Brooklyn Avenue.

Brown pleaded guilty in 2007 in Jackson County Circuit Court to second-degree robbery. He received a suspended sentence and was placed on five years’ probation.

Glenn E. Rice: 816-234-4341, @GRicekcstar

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