Man charged in shooting of security guard at University Health

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 40-year-old Independence man is facing charges in a shooting last Friday at University Health Truman Medical Center in Kansas City.

Jackson County prosecutors have charged Shawn Caskey with first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action.

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According to court documents, around 8:40 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, Kansas City police officers responded to University Health for a reported “assist the officer” call. Officers later learned that a security guard was shot and there was an active shooter in the hospital emergency room.

When KCPD arrived on scene, they were led to an ER room where security officers Caskey had been taken into custody.

The victim said he was walking through the emergency room when a nurse told him Caskey was becoming a problem and they were going to discharge him. The victim said he called for an additional security officer to help escort Caskey out of the hospital.

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As the two security guards waited for Caskey to gather his belongings, court documents say Caskey reached for one of their holstered firearms, shot one and then pointed the gun at the other who was then able to get control of the firearm from Caskey and place him in handcuffs.

Court documents say while Caskey was handcuffed he made the statement “I could have killed you but I didn’t.”

Caskey is being held in the Jackson County jail on a $100,000 bond.

He’s scheduled to appear in court for a bond review hearing on Feb. 13 at 10 a.m.

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