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Sheriff’s Office Investigating Deadly Weekend Shooting

Public Information Officer:
February 23rd, 2015
Lt. Kevin Tieman,
Cass County Sheriff’s Office
816-380-8615 (Office)
816-738-4394 (Cell)

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deadly shooting of a 30-year-old man that occurred early Sunday morning southeast of Harrisonville

Deputies were called to a residence in the 24000 block of East 275th Street around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday after receiving a 9-1-1 call about a shooting. Deputies arrived and found one subject inside the residence with a fatal gunshot wound. Witnesses stated that during a disturbance involving multiple members of the household, 65 year-old Peter T. Barbookles and another subject was assaulted by the deceased. During the disturbance Mr. Barbookles shot and fatally wounded the subject.

The deceased has been identified as William R. Whelan Jr. 30, of Harrisonville. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Both subjects lived at the residence.

Mr. Barbookles was transported to an area hospital and treated for injuries he received in the disturbance. He was taken into custody following his release from the hospital Sunday. Mr. Barbookles was later released after questioning. Detectives also interviewed several witnesses who were at the residence.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy on Monday.

The case is currently under review by the Cass County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

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