A 69-year-old Kansas City area man has been charged with first-degree murder and other felonies in connection to Thursday’s shooting deaths of one police officer and a court worker.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said during an eviction attempt, Larry Acree, of Independence, allegedly opened fire – killing both a Jackson County Circuit Court worker and an Independence police officer.

“Mr. Mack was simply doing his job yesterday when he met a fate that shouldn’t be associated with serving process on behalf of the court,” she said.

Officer Cody Allen, 35, and court worker Drexel Mack were killed.

“So, you know, hero can be a lot of different things. It can look a lot of different ways,” said Peters Baker. But there’s not just one hero in this case, there’s at least two who gave their life yesterday just for the service of their jobs.”

Peters Baker said after a year-long eviction process, court workers went to the home on Thursday afternoon.

“They did receive no answer at the front door,” she said. “Because of that, then they proceeded to remove the locks. They were there for a time, you know, having those locks cut and drilled out so that they could enter. But as Drexel and others were entering to the front door of the residence, he was met with gunfire.”

Two other officers have been injured but are said to survive.

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