On Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at approximately 3 a.m., a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol stopped to check on a pedestrian who was walking in the middle of Noland Road at I-70 carrying a bag. When the trooper asked the pedestrian what was in the bag, he replied “drugs.”
He also made a statement to the trooper about having a 9 millimeter handgun and then stuck his hands in his waistband as if he was attempting to retrieve a weapon. The trooper, fearing for his own life, fired his service weapon striking the suspect, who was later identified as Scott M. Williford, 33, from Kansas City, Missouri. Williford was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jackson County Medical Examiner.
It was determined the suspect had just left a nearby Quik Trip store. While in the store, the suspect communicated to the store clerk that he was going to rob the store before leaving. The shooting investigation is being conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control.