Man charged in shooting death of off-duty Mo. cop
Officer Thomas Alvin Orr III was off duty on Aug. 20 when he was fatally shot at a day party. Orr was not the intended target
By Glenn E. Rice and Aaron Randle
The Kansas City Star
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old man with second-degree murder in the Aug. 20 shooting death of Lee’s Summit police officer Thomas Alvin Orr III.
Sean D. Steward of Kansas City also faces armed criminal action charges in the Orr’s death.
Orr, 30, was off duty on Aug. 20 when he was fatally shot at a day party at Californos restaurant in Westport. Police said Orr, who also was a middle school resource officer, was not the intended target. He was an innocent bystander.
According to court records, a witness told investigators that they saw Steward fire a handgun. The shooting happened after one man struck another man in the face, causing him to fall to the floor. Steward allegedly fired into the crowd. Another witness told police that several people at the party told her that Steward fired the shots that killed Orr and struck the woman.
Police found on social media sites photos from the party with names that witnesses said were identified with Steward, according to court records.
Prosecutors have requested a bond of $500,000 cash.
Police said there were more than 200 people at the party but only three had stepped forward to speak to investigators right after the shooting.
Orr had been with the Lee’s Summit Police Department since March 2015 and began assignment as a middle school resource officer on Aug. 14. Before that, he had worked for the Marshall, Mo., Police Department.
Police at first said the victim was shot after arguing with another man. However, further investigation revealed that Orr was an innocent bystander who was not involved in the disturbance.
Witnesses said that Orr took photographs at the party.
No other details were released regarding the arrest made on Wednesday.
Orr was at Californos on Aug. 30 for a monthly “Recovery Sundays” party among black millennials, which started modestly in May and grew to hundreds as the summer went on.
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