LIBERTY — A vehicle chase that began in Independence ended with an officer-involved shooting in downtown Liberty around 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, near the intersection of Leonard and Mill streets.
Sgt. Andy Bell with the Missouri Highway Patrol, the law enforcement agency heading up the shooting investigation, said the chase began after a white male, Lance A. Bowman, 30, of Independence failed to stop a red pickup truck he was driving for a traffic stop in Independence around 1:45 p.m. Bell said the stop was initiated after an officer noticed the red truck being operated in a careless manner and at a high rate of speed near the intersection of Truman and Lee’s Summit Road.
After failed attempts to get the truck to stop by Independence police, Bell said the pursuit continued up Missouri Highway 291 into Liberty.
“We are not sure why the suspect fled the traffic stop,” the trooper said, later adding the investigation is ongoing. “We did get a search warrant for the truck and it has been brought back to our lot for evidence recovery.”
Once in Liberty, Liberty officers joined the pursuit and deployed spike strips in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The strips, deployed at Highway 291 and Clay Woods Drive, punctured multiple tires, causing them to deflate, but did not stop the vehicle.
According to law enforcement, the truck exited north onto South Leonard Street before the chase ended near West Mill Street when Bowman exited the red truck and allegedly pulled a gun.
“He got out with a handgun, pointed that handgun to the Independence police officer and the officer had to make the decision, and that decision at the time was to fire his duty weapon,” Bell said at the scene. It is unclear how many shots were fired.
Bowman was transported to an area hospital after initially being treated at the scene. Bell said no word has been given on the suspect’s condition, but it was initially “somewhat serious.”
Bowman remains hospitalized.