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Missouri Police Officer Shot In The Head While Responding To Call

Independence, MO – An Independence police officer was shot in the head while responding to a report of someone shooting up a home on Wednesday night.

The incident occurred at a residence near Carlisle and East 8th Street at approximately 11:20 p.m., KMBC reported.

The Independence Police Department (IPD) received a report that a man had fired a rifle at a house in the neighborhood, according to KTVI.

When police arrived at the scene, the suspect opened fire, hitting an officer in the head, the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) said in a press release early Thursday morning.

The officers returned fire, striking the gunman.

The wounded officer was rushed to a local hospital and is “reportedly conscious and in stable condition,” according to the MSHP.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

He has been identified as 35-year-old Aaron Pouche, the MSHP said.

Police believe the initial shots-fired call was due to a “dispute between neighbors,” according to the press release.

They did not release details about the argument, but police said the feud had been an ongoing problem, KCTV reported.

There had also been threats of violence and multiple disputes between them in the past, according to the news outlet.

Investigators said a rifle was recovered at the scene of the shooting, KMBC reported.

The MSHP said its Division of Drug and Crime Control is handling the ongoing investigation into the officer-involved shooting at the request of the IPD.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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