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One Independence officer killed, one hurt in shooting

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Independence police say two officers and a Jackson County civil process server were shot on Thursday at a residence in the area of N. Elsea Smith Road and E. Bundschu Road, and one of the officers died.

The other officer is in surgery and sources tell FOX4 the process server is in critical condition. The suspected shooter is in custody according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Information shared to FOX4 earlier indicated there was a third Independence officer hurt, but that has been revised to two officers and a process server involved in this shooting.

Jackson County says this happened during while the process server was trying to serve an eviction.

“We are devastated that a court employee, who is a public servant, was shot by a member of the public while performing their job,” said Presiding Judge Jalilah Otto. “Our hearts are heavy and our thoughts are with our employee, our entire Court family, and the Independence Police Department.”

The shooting location is just south of N. Elsea Smith’s intersection with 24 Highway. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says it’s assisting and the call for service went out just before 1 p.m.

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Scene of area where two police officers were shot in Independence, Missouri, on February 29, 2024.

The Fort Osage School District says its schools were on lockdown out of an abundance of caution, but the lockdown has been lifted.

Authorities haven’t identified anyone who was hit by gunfire, or who the suspect is yet.

FOX4 has live coverage of the latest developments in the video player at the top of the page, and we’ll continue to update this story as more details are revealed Thursday night.

Source: WFLA

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