22-Year-Old Recent Police Academy Graduate Shot Dead While Responding to Call in Missouri

A Independence, Missouri, police officer was killed after a suspect opened fire on him Wednesday. The suspect was fatally shot, too. / KSHB

Just months after he graduated from the police academy, a 22-year-old officer died Wednesday after a suspect shot him in Missouri, authorities said.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce that this evening, Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans succumbed to his injuries and passed away,” the Independence Police Department said.

Madrid-Evans started his career with the agency at the Kansas City Regional Police Academy on Jan. 4 and graduated July 8. He was training with the department’s Field Training Officer program when he responded to a call.

Details on what led to the call and what happened after Madrid-Evans got to the scene were not released.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Elisha Fieldstadt