Woman Killed Fireman No Charges

Prosecutor’s office won’t pursue murder charge in fatal shooting of KC firefighter

Santi was shot around 2:30 p.m. Oct. 6 outside a gas station in Independence. According to court documents, Santi intervened when a customer argued with a clerk who told him the gas station didn’t have the kind of cigars he wanted. After the clerk refused the man service and told him to leave, Santi, who was off duty, also told him to leave.

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The customer “jumped away” from Santi and started threatening him, court records said. Surveillance video showed the incident move outside, when the man reaches into a white SUV and pulls out an item. Video showed Santi and the man fighting over the item — a firearm with an extended magazine, according to court documents. When Santi got the man in a headlock, a female passenger left the vehicle, got the gun and pointed it at Santi. She allegedly fired a shot that appeared to hit Santi in the back, according to court records.

Anthony “Tony” Santi
Anthony “Tony” Santi Kansas City Fire Department

Santi let go of the man and walked back into the store, where he collapsed and died, court records said. According to his obituary, Santi joined the Kansas City Fire Department in 2011, where he was “dedicated to helping people through his role” as a firefighter and EMT. His daughter was “the light of his life.” “He had a vast love for nature and being outdoors,” his obituary said. “Tony was happiest being at the lake paddleboarding, hiking and spending time with his beloved dog, Donnie.” In connection with the shooting, federal prosecutors previously charged 23-year-old Ja’Von L. Taylor in U.S. District Court in Kansas City for alleged possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The Kansas City Fire Department declined to comment on the decision not to charge the shooter.


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Source: The Kansas City Star