PLEASANT VALLEY — A nearly eight-hour standoff ended Friday, June 26, with two suspects in custody and a shooting victim transported to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
The incident began, Clay County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Cpl. Jon Bazzano said, when Pleasant Valley police responded around 5 a.m. to a reported shooting at a house in the 9000 block of Liberty Drive. The police department called the sheriff’s office to assist in the investigation. The victim is an adult white male.
“When officers arrived, they verified that at least one person had barricaded themselves inside the home,” the public information officer said at the scene, where dozens of law enforcement officers including SWAT team members, Clay and Platte County deputies, Liberty police and the Missouri Highway Patrol responded.
In the interest of public safety, roadways in the area were shut down including Liberty Parkway at Flintlock Road and Stewart Road at Catherine Road until around 2:30 p.m.
After about six of the eight hours in the standoff that included negotiators, one suspect, a white male, was taken into custody after voluntarily leaving the residence, said Bazzano.
“Deputies had to enter the residence and take the other into custody,” said Bazzano at the scene as an officer escorted the restrained man in a red shirt to a police vehicle after his arrest. The suspect allegedly hid in the basement of the house. “There were no injuries reported and both are going to be transported to the Clay County Detention Center.”
It is unclear what sparked the incident that led to the standoff, said Bazzano.
“It's still under investigation at this point," said Pleasant Valley Police Capt. Jared McGinley Monday, June 29. "We are still trying to get to the bottom of it to see exactly what happened and what our charges will be."
McGinely said the shooting victim was shot in the arm, treated at an area hospital and released.
While two suspects were taken into custody at the scene and both remain in jail on warrants with unrelated charges, McGinley said only one person may face charges related to Friday's incident. The name of the suspect has yet to be released.