Police Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans, 22, graduated from the academy in
July and was still in the department's field training program when he
died from his injuries Wednesday.
Blaize Madrid-Evans, the 22-year-old Independence officer shot and
critically wounded during an armed encounter with a Gladstone man late
Wednesday morning, has died of his injuries, according to police.
is with heavy hearts that we announce that this evening, Officer Blaize
Madrid-Evans succumbed to his injuries and passed away," the department
said in a statement on Twitter late Wednesday night, adding that
further information would be released later to provide his family and
"his family in blue privacy in this difficult time."
Madrid-Evans was wounded
during an exchange of gunfire involving the suspect, who was also
killed. Officers responded to the shooting around noon in the 2400 block
of South Northern Boulevard. Madrid-Evans was taken to the hospital in
critical condition. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
was a rookie officer with only two months on the street. Independence
police say Madrid-Evans began his career with the force as a cadet with
the Kansas City Regional Police Academy in January 2021. He graduated
from the academy in July and was still in the police department's field
training program when he was killed, police said.
Missouri Highway Patrol is leading the shooting investigation.
Sgt. Andrew Bell, a patrol spokesman, said at about 11:30 a.m.,
two Independence Police Department officers responded to a nearby
residence after receiving a tip that a "person may have been wanted for
something." Bell did not detail what the tip was but said examining it
would be part of the highway patrol's investigation into the shooting.
officers were then met by the suspect who fired a handgun at them,
striking Madrid-Evans, Bell said. The other officer returned fire and
shot the suspect.
Missouri troopers separately named the suspect killed during the shooting as 33-year-old Cody L. Harrison of Gladstone.
The Star's Glenn E. Rice, Aaron Torres and Luke Nozicka contributed to this report.
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