INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Seven officers were killed in the line of duty in the town of Independence.
Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans will be a new name joining the shortlist set in stone on the fallen Independence Officer memorial, each representing a life taken too soon.
“There aren’t many names on this memorial, and we like to keep it that way, and unfortunately that didn’t happen for us yesterday,” IPD spokesman Jack Taylor said.
It is a loss that this department does not often encounter.
“It’s a shock to the department, it’s a shock to the officers who work here and everyone is just trying to get by, to figure out where we’re going from here,” Taylor said.
Madrid-Evans was killed on Wednesday when he and another Independence Officer answered a call around 11:30 a.m. at a residence near East 23rd Street and North Boulevard, where they were greeted by a suspect who shot officers.
The ministry says it is overwhelmed by the support of the community.
“We’re a very special place compared to a lot of places across the country, everyone comes together when bad things like this happen,” said IPD chief Brad Halsey.
Many blue ribbons are tied to trees or around poles, which officers say helps them heal during this difficult time.
“It just helps us and it gives us the strength to be able to move forward and overcome this tragedy and be able to do what we’re doing,” Taylor said.
Madrid-Evans will live in others, being an organ donor, and will be forever remembered by this community.
His name will soon be engraved in this stone outside the police department reserved for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.