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Posted on: March 10, 2021

Second man charged in fatal shooting early Monday at Independence hotel

For Immediate Release

March 10, 2021

A second man has been charged in the  fatal shooting early Monday of Tomas Galvan inside an Independence hotel room, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Tyler Russell, dob: 12/3/1991, of Lee's Summit, MO, faces Murder 2nd Degree, two counts of Robbery 1st Degree and three counts of Armed Criminal Action charges.*

According to court records filed today, Independence police responded to a hotel, the Executive Inn and Suites on U.S. 40 Highway, and found the victim, Tomas Galvan in a lot of blood behind the partially opened hotel room door. A witness told them two men had come to the hotel to meet the victim; they pulled guns and one shot the victim in the head. Before they fled, they took some of the victim's property, including his cell phone. Video surveillance captured the vehicle they left in and police identified the owner. Later the day of the fatal shooting, the vehicle owner's son told police that the suspect had one arm and he also identified him as Tyler Russell. 

Prosecutors requested a bond of $100,000 cash.

For more information, contact:

Michael Mansur

Director of Communication

Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office

Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor

Work   : (816) 881-3812

Mobile: (816) 674-3954

*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.

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