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New suspect charged in shooting case

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

There was a twist last week in the investigation into the incident involving shots being fired at two Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers.

The twist came when the Highway Patrol removed a 34-year-old Kansas City man as a suspect, and instead sought charges against Derrick Thomas Shockley, 18.

Also charged in the incident is 18-year-old Ariel Lugo. Authorities say Lugo had initially pegged the 34-year-old man as the shooter in the case, then when authorities developed new information and confronted him with it, Lugo said it was Shockley who was involved in the crime along with Lugo.

"The 34-year-old man is no longer considered a suspect in the case," Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said this week, though he added the man was being held as a fugitive out-of-state stemming from a warrant in Arkansas.

Zahnd’s office has charged Lugo and Shockey, both of Kansas City, with assaulting a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. Shockley is also charged with armed criminal action.

The charges stem from a Feb. 17 incident in which shots were fired at two Missouri Highway Patrolmen after an attempted traffic stop in Platte County. According to court documents, five shots were fired—allegedly by Shockley after he leaned out the passenger's side window—at one trooper’s vehicle and two shots were fired at the other trooper’s vehicle.

Documents filed in court indicate that at 11:17 p.m. on Feb. 17, Highway Patrol Sergeant Sgt. Daniel Green attempted to stop a maroon Ford Ranger pickup truck for failing to stop for a red light at the intersection of 72nd Street and Prairie View Road in Kansas City, North. The truck failed to stop for the patrol vehicle and instead turned off its headlights as it drove into a residential area.

One of the first three shots struck the front bumper of Sgt. Green's patrol car about a half inch above the top edge of the license plate near the center. Green continued to pursue the vehicle through the neighborhood until Trooper Michael Petlansky intervened and became the primary pursuit vehicle.

Shockley allegedly leaned out the vehicle, sat in the window opening and fired two additional shots at Petlansky's vehicle.

Lugo and Shockley were ultimately arrested following a Feb. 24 canvas for the pickup. Information from the TIPS Hotline also contributed to Shockley’s arrest.

Lugo and Shockley are each being held in the Platte County Jail in lieu of $250,000 cash bonds.