Man arrested in drive-by shooting that killed Coffeyville woman
The Kansas of Investigation (KBI) and the Independence Police Department made an arrest connected to the homicide of 19-year-old Kimberly D. Meeks that occurred Saturday, Dec. 14.
On Sunday afternoon, Dec. 15, 18-year-old Benjamin J. Mason was arrested at his residence in Coffeyville for first-degree murder. Mason was then booked into the Montgomery County Jail.
The Montgomery County Attorney is expected to prosecute the case. The investigation is ongoing.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI), the Independence Police Department, and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the homicide of a 19-year-old in Independence, Kan.
The Independence Police Department requested KBI assistance at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. Special agents and the Crime Scene Response Team responded.
At approximately 6 p.m. Saturday, the Independence Police Department received a 911 call from a citizen who reported hearing gunshots. When officers responded they found a woman who had been shot near the intersection of Laurel St. and Main St. She was pronounced dead at the scene. She was later identified as 19-year-old Kimberly D. Meeks of Coffeyville.
Preliminary information indicates that Meeks and a white male were walking on foot in the area when an unknown person in a car fired gunshots at them and fled. The male accompanying Meeks, who is approximately 19-years-old, also ran from the area.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME, or the Independence Police Department at (620) 332-1700. Callers may remain anonymous.
The investigation is ongoing. Nothing further will be released at this time.