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Posted on: June 30, 2021

KC man, 35, charged in shooting in Plaza hotel elevator on Tuesday

For Immediate Release
June 30, 2021

A 35-year-old A Kansas City man has been charged in the fatal shooting Tuesday of Darron Mitchem inside the Sheraton Suites County Club Plaza, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Derell E. Thompson, dob: 3/15/1986, faces Murder 2nd Degree, Armed Criminal Action, Endangering The Welfare of a Child and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon charges.*

According to court records filed today, Kansas City police responded to the Sheraton Suites Country Club Plaza in the 700 block of W. 47th Street on a weapon disturbance. Officers found the vicitim, Darron Mitchem, who later died of several gunshot wounds. Officers found the suspect across the street from the Courtyard Inn with a 12-year-old boy. Police found a handgun in the landscaped area nearby. The suspect spontaneously uttered to police he had shot someone and later he told police he shot the victim as hey were getting onto the hotel elevator. Much of the shooting was captured on video. 

Prosecutors requested a bond of $250,000 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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