Lee's Summit, MO - The Missouri State Highway Patrol realease information earlier this afternoon that the suspect involved in Saturday's police officer shooting has been arrested.
Sergeant Collin M. Stosberg of the MSHP said that On Sunday, December 14, 2014, officers were able to gather information leading to a potential suspect and his possible location surrounding an officer involved shooting of a Pleasant Valley (MO) Police Officer.
As a result of the investigation, Omar D. Maria, 31, from Kansas City, Missouri, was arrested without incident at 1959 Parallel Avenue, in Kansas City, Kansas.
Maria was arrested for an active federal probation violation warrant for his arrest issued by the U.S. Marshall's Service for a weapons violation and transported to the Wyandotte County (KS) jail. Maria is also being questioned regarding the officer involved shooting investigation.
The officer involved shooting is being investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control at the request of the Pleasant Valley Police Department. The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department, the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and the Pleasant Valley Police Department are assisting with the investigation.
The charge for which the above individual was arrested is mere accusation and not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the above charge must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
Initial Statement Released: This morning the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) issued a statement, asking the for the public's help in locating the suspect's vehilce involved in a police officer shooting.
Sgt. Bill Lowe with the MSHP said that On Saturday, December 13, 2014, at 11:30 pm, a Pleasant Valley Police Officer initiated a traffic stop on a passenger vehicle on southbound Interstate 35 just north of Interstate 435.
When the suspect vehicle pulled to the shoulder the driver immediately exited his vehicle and began shooting towards the Pleasant Valley officer.
The officer was struck in the face from one of the rounds. The suspect then fled the scene in his vehicle. The vehicle was a described as a green Honda Accord, bearing Tennessee registration M1863K.
We are currently looking for the aforementioned vehicle and are asking anyone who has seen this vehicle to contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop A Headquarters at 816-622-0800.
The officer involved shooting is being investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control at the request of the Pleasant Valley Police Department.