Joshua Rocha charged with murder in shooting death of Ofc. Daniel Vasquez

He was booked on a $2 million bond, charged with murder and armed criminal action.
Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 10:30 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2022 at 2:32 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - Law enforcement announced a suspect has been charged in connection with the shooting death of a North Kansas City police officer.

North Kansas City Police Department Officer Daniel Vasquez died from his injuries Tuesday afternoon after he was shot by 24-year-old Joshua Rocha on Tuesday morning. Vasquez had been conducting a traffic stop in the area of 21st and Clay streets, police said.

He was 32 years old. Vasquez’s death marked the first time an officer from the police department died in the line of duty.

The Clay County Prosecutor’s Office announced Rocha has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action, and a bond set at $2 million. An arrangement hearing has been scheduled for Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Vasquez’s remains were taken from the hospital to the funeral home on Wednesday with a police escort.

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