Police said 31-year-old Donald Sneed of Kansas City was shot and killed during a struggle with a Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy after he was suspected of shoplifting.
Around 9:15 p.m. Sunday, an off-duty deputy working for Walmart tried to stop a male suspect from shoplifting, according to KSHB.
“A struggle ensued. She was disarmed of her Taser and got out her service weapon and shot the suspect. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased,” Sgt. John Payne with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said.
After being tased multiple times, the suspect managed to disarm the deputy of her taser and tased her in the neck.
After the ineffective tasing party, officials say the deputy then pulled out her weapon and shot the suspect.
Both the deputy and Sneed were taken to the hospital. Sneed later died from his injuries, said KSHB.
The deputy was quickly released from the hospital and will be placed on leave until the investigation is over.
KSHB spoke with Gayle Sneed, Florida resident and mother of Don Sneed, who is obviously upset at the killing of her son.
“I’m distraught. I can’t. I haven’t been to bed. The sad part is nobody will tell me where my son is,” she said.
Gayle Sneed says she desperately tried to speak with police about the whereabouts of her son, but they will not give her any useful information.
“I’ve called the sheriff’s department every two hours since eleven o’clock last night,” she said. “I need somebody to call me and tell me that, yes, his name is Donald Sneed and that he’s dead and that I can find him somewhere. I just need somebody to please answer my questions.”
Because the police department refuses to give any answers to Florida family members regarding Mr. Sneed, they are planning to get on a plane as soon as possible to demand answers in person.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)