Jackson County deputy involved in officer-involved shooting in I - KCTV5

Jackson County deputy involved in officer-involved shooting in Independence

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The shooting happened about 9 a.m. near Little Blue Parkway and RD Mize Road. (Chopper5) The shooting happened about 9 a.m. near Little Blue Parkway and RD Mize Road. (Chopper5)
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

A Jackson County deputy was involved in an officer-involved shooting in Independence, according to police.

Police in Independence are learning more about the moments before a gun went off in Little Blue Trace Park about 9 a.m. Thursday.

Deputies from Jackson County are on extra patrol because of a rash of recent break-ins. The suspect and a deputy struggled with each other, shots were fired and the suspect was shot in the leg. 

A woman and a toddler were with the suspect, then ran off, leading police on a search around nearby homes. 

"I had one state trooper come to my door and ask if the trails near my barn lead to the woods. They wanted to know if they could drive through it," Justin Tonsfeldt said. "I heard three shots and then I heard the sirens a few minutes later. I looked out my window to see and I couldn't tell what was going on." 

Police were also on a farm nearby. The owners say officers were in SUVs and looked near the pond. 

The suspect led police on a car chase. It ended near Jefferson Road after the suspects car collided with an ambulance. 

The woman and toddler were not hurt in the shooting. 

The Jackson County deputy and the suspect have not been identified and the department was not able to provide an update on their condition. 

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