Independence Police, KBI arrest man in connection to two men who were found dead Friday

Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 8:38 AM CDT
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INDEPENDENCE, Kan. (KWCH) - The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Independence Police Department have arrested a man in connection to the murder of two men.

18-year-old James T.S. Gofourth was arrested on two first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Tyler Cook, 27, and Rodricus Dawson, 24, and attempted first degree murder for injuring a 27-year-old woman in the same incident.

The woman remains hospitalized.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Independence Police Department are investigating after two men were found dead early Friday.

The police department responded to a call before 4 a.m. where a citizen had heard gunfire and a vehicle crash into an apartment in the 500 block of N. Penn Avenue. On arrival, police found two deceased males and a female that had been injured. She was flown to a Joplin hospital.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME, or the Independence Police Department at 620-332-1700.

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