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Mo. police cleared in shooting of armed suspect

The Kansas City Star

A Jackson County grand jury has cleared several law-enforcement officers involved in the shooting of a rural Jackson County man who fired a rifle at police.

The grand jury declined to file charges against two Jackson County Sheriff deputies, two Independence officers and one officer from Buckner, the Sheriffs Office announced today.

The five had gone to a home in the 26800 block of E. U.S. 24 in October on an assault call. Police were told a man was loading a rifle.

The suspect opened fire on police as they tried to talk to him, officers said. At least two bullets struck a police car with an officer inside.

Police returned fire and wounded the suspect in the upper body and head.

Authorities since have charged James E. Barnes, 49, with five counts of assault on an officer and five counts of armed criminal action. He remained in jail Wednesday.

 Kansas City Star (http://www.kansascity.com/)

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