West 78th Street and Brookside Road shooting scene
Thomas Dean, victim
Photo taken by Michael and Julie Valdivia of suspect's arrest
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Felony charges have been filed against a 37-year-old California man in connection with a murder Saturday that happened right across the street from a garage sale.
David Allen faces charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
About 10 p.m. Saturday police finally reopened the street where the shooting happened in the area of West 78th Street and Brookside Road.
All neighbors said they heard were just two pops and, this close to the Fourth of July, they all assumed it was fireworks.
"Until we saw the ambulance and stuff, and then as soon as we saw that we came out and noticed that there was a lot more going on," Amy Davila said.
Just down the street from Davila‘s house, 58-year-old Thomas Dean was shot outside a house shortly before 3:15 p.m. Court documents said he was helping someone move out of a house when a fight broke out across the street from a garage sale.
Dean tried to break up the fight, but was shot and later died.
"Some witnesses told us kind of a direction that he ran, officers found that party, or someone matching that description just a few blocks away and took him into custody," Cpt. Tye Grant said.
"We saw them arresting the suspect and then we walked back around and we said, 'oh that was that guy that we just said hello to,'" Julie Valdivia said.
Michael and Julie Valdivia walked right past the suspect at nearby Sunnyside Park.
"We said hello and he just kind of looked nervous," Michael Valdivia said.
Just minutes later they were snapping a photo of the arrest of Allen.
"I was really thankful that nothing went down. He just kept walking, something was off with him, but he didn't look threatening in any way," Julie Valdivia said.
Knowing what he could be involved in, they said they're grateful they got away with just a photograph and the rest of the neighborhood was glad to go to bed with someone already in custody.
"It's a little scary but I mean, nowhere is a safe place," Davila said.
Dean leaves behind five kids, grandchildren and a wife. His grieving family members remembered him as a big-hearted, caring man who was always willing to help others.
Prosecutors requested Allen's bond be set at $150,000 cash.
They ask that anyone with information about the shooting call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
KCTV5's DeAnn Smith contributed to this report.
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