Oct 16, 2020 8:30 PM

Update: KBI IDs 2 men who died; woman airlifted to hospital

Posted Oct 16, 2020 8:30 PM

MONTGOMERY COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Independence Police Department continue to investigate the deaths of two Independence men.

The homicide victims have been identified as 27-year-old Tyler D. Cook and 24-year-old Rodricus A. Dawson. Both men are from Independence, according to a media release from the agency.

Just before 4 a.m. Friday, the Independence Police Department received a 911 call from a citizen who reported hearing gunfire and seeing a vehicle that had crashed into an apartment, according to a media release from the KBI.

When officers arrived at the 500 block of N. Penn Ave. in Independence, they discovered the crashed vehicle, and two deceased men later identified as Cook and Dawson. Both men are from Independence.

They also located an injured 27-year-old woman. EMS responded, and they flew the her to a Joplin hospital.  She is expected to survive, according to the release.

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Independence Police Department are investigating two deaths that occurred overnight in Independence, Kansas.

Just before 4 a.m. Friday, the Independence Police Department received a 911 call from a citizen who reported hearing gunfire and seeing a vehicle that had crashed into an apartment, according to a media release from the KBI.

When officers arrived at the 500 block of N. Penn Ave. in Independence, they discovered the crashed vehicle, and two deceased male subjects. They also located an injured female subject. EMS responded, and they flew the woman to a Joplin hospital. Both male subjects were pronounced deceased at the scene. They will be identified once all appropriate next of kin are notified.