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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Tow truck driver who fired shots at fleeing driver charged with multiple felonies

For Immediate Release

April 16, 2020

A Kansas City tow truck driver who fired several shots at a fleeing driver has been charged with multiple felony counts, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Prentiss D. Burks, dob: 7/7/1977, faces Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Assault 2nd Degree and two counts of Armed Criminal Action.*

According to court records, Kansas City police officers on April 14, 2020, in the evening responded to hearing shots. In the area of 127th and 59th Terrace, officers found a gunshot  victim with wounds to his legs. A witness told police that the incident began when the tow truck driver, the defendant, was attempting to tow a vehicle in Raytown. But the victim jumped into that vehicle and fled, causing the tow truck driver to pursue. As the defendant pursued the man fleeing, he fired several shots, hitting the victim. The victim told police he saw two tow trucks preparing to haul away his vehicle when he fled and shots were fired, hitting him in the leg. Police found that the defendant had a handgun that matched the caliber of shell casings found along the route that shots were fired.

Prosecutors requested a $100,000 bond.

For more information, contact:

Michael Mansur

Director of Communication

Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office

Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor

Work   : (816) 881-3812

Mobile: (816) 674-3954

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