Cody L. Harrison Death – Obituary : The Independence police disclosed late Wednesday that Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans died from his injuries after being shot earlier in the day.
The police department said it would release more information Thursday.
Police say the incident occurred at a home in the 2400 block of Northern Boulevard at about 11:30 a.m.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said officers were called to the home. On arriving met a man, who then opened fire, striking Madrid-Evans.
The second officer returned fire, hitting the suspect, who died at the scene.
Police identified the suspect as 33-year-old Cody L. Harrison, of Gladstone.
Madrid-Evans was taken to a hospital.
Highway Patrol Sgt. Andy Bell said officers went to the address after a tip was received about someone possibly being wanted for something.
Madrid-Evans graduated from the police academy in July. He had been in training since then.
Independence Mayor Eileen Weir released a statement after the shooting:
“Every day the officers of the Independence Police Department put their lives on the line to protect the citizens of our community. We are ever hopeful that their daily interactions with the public will be peaceful so that they might return home to their families safely at the end of their shift. Today, that was not the case. At this time, our thoughts are with the officer, their family and the Independence Police Department. We know our citizens are already rallying behind the department and looking for ways to support them, but we encourage you to wait for further information.
“To all of our officers and first responders, please know that we support you and honor the sacrifice you make to keep our community safe. Thank you for your service.”
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