Attorneys say dashboard camera video reveals the “deadly incompetence” of Independence Police Department officers who fatally shot Tyrea M. Pryor inside a wrecked car over a pistol that wasn’t there.
On March 11, 2022, Pryor, 39, was driving with two passengers when the vehicle crashed in Jackson County, Mo., during a police pursuit. Dashboard camera video released by attorneys for Pryor’s family shows IPD officers responding to the scene and surrounding the vehicle.
Officers observed an AR-style rifle wedged between the driver’s seat and the center console, and one officer attempts to remove it, but is unable to. The front passenger is told to get out of the vehicle and get on the ground.
Amid orders to Pryor to stop moving, Officer Jamie Welch yells, “gun,” and opens fire along with Officer Hunter Soule. Officer Alex Steele was in the line of fire and quickly backed away from the vehicle, moving the passenger as well.
According to an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Welch stated that he clearly saw Pryor holding a pistol in his right hand.
“I remember seeing, it was, let’s see, his hand was wrapped around the pistol grip,” Welch said, according to an investigative report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “What I saw was his hand come back like a, I could see the trigger, like trigger guard area, and then it was coming, it happened so quick that basically I’m seeing a black object pistol grip, with a trigger, and it’s coming up toward the driver’s side window and steering wheel area.”
In the video, officers search the vehicle after the shooting and don’t find the pistol. “I don’t see a pistol,” an officer can be heard saying after pulling the rifle out of the vehicle. “I don’t see a pistol.”
Officers drag Pryor out through the front passenger door, leaving him hanging out of the side of the vehicle while his legs are stuck on the driver’s side. Emergency medical services arrive, and Pryor was pronounced dead at the scene.
No handgun was recovered at the scene. Pryor’s family is being represented by civil rights attorneys Harry Daniels and Arimeta DuPree.
“Police were called to a scene with multiple Black, male suspects but ended up pursuing a black man driving two white women,” Daniels said. “Why? Why did they continue to escalate after the pursuit had been called off? Why were they pulling an injured woman from a car with their guns drawn? What was a simple patrol officer armed like a member of a SWAT team with nearly 80 rounds on his gun belt? Why were they conducting a felony car stop on an accident with injuries?”
“The fact that Welch and Soule aren’t under arrest right now is beyond me,” DuPree said. “Instead they’re out on the street with guns on their hips. That’s not just a disgrace; it’s a deadly combination.”
TMX contributed to this report.
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