No charges will be filed in a recent shooting incident involving two off-duty police officers and a group of Micronesian men.
District Attorney Eddie Wyant said Thursday that, after reading the incident reports and hearing both sides of the story, he cannot come to a conclusive decision as to who initiated the altercation.
According to Miami Police Chief Gary Anderson, officers received a “shots fired” call at 1:39 a.m. on May 14 from a resident at 105 I St. NW.
Prior to officers arriving on the scene, a second call was made from Matt Crockett, assistant police chief in Commerce, who was in the vicinity of 1st and I Street NW. Crockett said he had just been attacked by numerous Micronesian males.
Crockett informed authorities that a shot had been fired and he believed one subject was down.
When officers arrived at 105 I St. NW, they discovered a male subject, later identified as Kanfori Kasiano, 24, sitting on the kitchen floor with a gunshot wound to the upper abdomen.
Kasiano was airlifted to a Joplin hospital where he is reported in stable condition.
Authorities say the gunshot wound resulted when Kasiano and four other Micronesian males got into a physical altercation with two off-duty officers.
Crockett, 25, sustained injuries to his face and hand. He was treated and released from Integris Baptist Regional Hospital.
Crockett's brother, Miami Police Officer Aaron Crockett, 27, was airlifted to a Joplin hospital where he received treatment for a head injury. He was later released.
Wyant said he believed that Matt Crockett's decision to use deadly force was justified as he acted in self-defense.