A Raytown man has been charged in the fatal shooting of Clinton Peckman on Thursday outside a Blue Springs restaurant.
According to the Jackson County Prosecutor, 24-year-old John D. Jeffries faces charges of second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, and two counts of armed criminal action.
The charges stem from a shooting outside Bethlehem Cafe in the 1500 block of NW Woods Chapel Road on Thursday just after 11 a.m.
Earlier that day, just after 7 a.m., police say that a witness told them someone fitting Jeffries' description fired shots in the area of N. Sunset, then jumped into an SUV and left the area.
At about 10:30 a.m., a woman called police and said Jeffries had damaged her car in Independence, saying he was in a stolen car at Autumn Place Apartments at one point. Court documents say he shot up that car.
Police searched the area but couldn't find him.
Then, at 11:15 a.m., officers got the call that said shots had been fired near Bethlehem Cafe.
Police said that surveillance video from the nearby Waffle House showed a man fitting Jeffries' description getting out of the passenger side of Peckman's van as he got out of the driver's side.
A witness said that there was a tussle between the two before the shooting.
Witnesses gave a description of the shooter and officers spotted a man in the area who matched that description.
According to police, the suspect had run off after shooting Peckman in the chest and attempted to carjack a vehicle at the nearby KFC and Taco Bell. Shots were fired, but no one was injured and the carjacking was unsuccessful.
The charges say that Jeffries fired a round into the roof of the car when the car's 83-year-old owner tried to wrestle the gun away from him. Jeffries had the gun pointed at the man's wife, who he's been married to for 54 years.
After that, Jeffries, was taken into custody behind the strip mall as he tried to run away.
Peckman later died from his injuries at an area hospital.
Police said that Peckman worked at the apartment complex that Jeffries was spotted at earlier.
They say they don't know exactly when they crossed paths, but don't believe they knew one another before the shooting happened.
Prosecutors requested a bond of $250,000 for Jeffries.
The fatal shooting was the first in Blue Springs this year.
On Friday, KCTV5 News learned more about Peckman after a friend and coworker shared his memories of him.
He had worked at the apartment complex for 24 years doing contract work.
“He would certainly give you the shirt off his back, but he would also be the type that would follow back up a week later and see how it fit," said Frank Oguin, who worked with him for the past three years.
“I? saw him as an inspiration," he said. "He was kind of a mentor to me.” He added, "He wasn’t the type of guy that would just bull crap around. He really was the real deal and a gracious, gracious gentleman."
He said that he was a wise and generous man.
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