Police shooting victim identified

June 9, 2008

Pettis County authorities on Monday identified a Knob Noster man fatally shot by a Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy Sunday afternoon.

Shawn D. Evans, 34, was killed in Southwestern Pettis County by Deputy James Doty after Evans allegedly pointed a handgun at the deputy.

Doty was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries to his legs and back from a fall, officials said.

Pettis County and Johnson County authorities went to the intersection of state Route B and Upton Road before 2 p.m. Sunday to investigate the shooting.

Johnson County Sheriff Chuck Heiss said the deputy followed a stolen van into Pettis County. The deputy had been investigating a rash of burglaries in Henry and Johnson counties, authorities said.

Evans ran away from Doty on Upton Road before pointing a handgun at the deputy, according to authorities.

Doty fired one shot at Evans, Heiss said Sunday. Authorities initially believed Evans fired at Doty before being shot, but that report later turned out to be inaccurate.

“Upon further investigation it appears that the victim did not actually fire a shot at the deputy, but pointed a handgun at the deputy and the deputy fired on Mr. Evans,” said Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond.

The Pettis County Sheriff’s Department processed the crime scene and is handling the case.


During a foot pursuit following the shooting, Doty fell into a culvert on the east side of state Route B, injuring himself.

The deputy remained at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City on Monday.

A St. Luke’s spokeswoman on Sunday directed inquires about Doty’s condition to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department. Heiss said Monday that Doty was in “good” condition.

There will be an automatic review of the shooting, Heiss said.

“In fact, the Lafayette County Sheriff is helping us with that,” he said. That review could take as long as 30 days to complete, Heiss said.

The sheriff said there were no plans to put Doty on administrative leave during the review. His status was unchanged as of Monday, Heiss said, adding any status change would largely depend on the deputy’s decision.

Pettis County authorities have the vehicle Evans was driving at the time of the shooting and were processing it Monday, Bond said.

Evans’ body was scheduled for autopsy Monday afternoon at the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office, Pettis County Coroner Skip Smith said. The results of that autopsy were not available Monday.