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Arrest made in Independence shooting, that leaves two dead and third injured

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Independence Police Department made an arrest Sunday evening connected to the murders of two Independence men.
The Independence Police department was called to the 500 block of N. Penn Avenue around 4:15 after a caller reported gunfire and saw a vehicle crashed into an apartment.
The Independence Police department was called to the 500 block of N. Penn Avenue around 4:15 after a caller reported gunfire and saw a vehicle crashed into an apartment.(MGN)
Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 8:35 AM CDT
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INDEPENDENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Independence Police Department made an arrest Sunday evening connected to the murders of two Independence men.

18-year-old James T. S. Gofourth of Independence was arrested on Sunday around 5:15 p.m.

KBI agents and Independence police officers served an arrest warrant at the Labette County Jail.

The arrest warrant alleged that Gofourth committed two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 27-year-old Tyler Cook and 24-year-old Rodricus Dawson, and one count of attempted first-degree murder for injuring a 27-year-old Independence woman.

The 27-year-old Independence woman hurt during this incident remains hospitalized.

KBI says Gofourth was already in custody at the jail for suspected offenses unrelated to the Friday morning homicides.

Anyone with information should contact the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME or the Independence Police at 620-332-1700.

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Independence Police Department after two people were killed early Friday morning.

The Independence Police department was called to the 500 block of N. Penn Avenue around 4:15 after a caller reported gunfire and saw a vehicle crashed into an apartment.

When officers arrived, two men were found dead inside the crashed vehicle, and also located an injured woman. The woman was then transported to a Joplin, Mo. hospital.

Police are waiting to identify the man until appropriate next of kin has been notified.

Anyone with information should contact the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME or the Independence Police at 620-332-1700.

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