Authorities have arrested a previously convicted violent felon who they say shot a man twice amid an argument in June.
The U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Apprehension Team (VFAST), the Buchanan County (Missouri) Drug Strike Force, the St. Joseph (Missouri) Street Crimes Unit and Atchison Police Department detectives have contributed in the last month to a search for Kevin V. Maxey, 31, of Atchison, and arrested him on Wednesday afternoon, Atchison Police Chief Mike Wilson said.
Wilson said APD detectives working with VFAST recently developed information that Maxey, who is accused of shooting a 42-year-old man on June 9 in the area of LFM park, had been located in St. Joseph. In coordination with local authorities, the search team set up surveillance of an apartment complex in a residential area, and eventually located him there, Wilson said.
Wilson said a warrant charging Maxey with the following crimes has been filed in the District Court of Atchison County:
Attempted second-degree murder, a felonious harmful act, reflecting either extreme indifference to human life or an impulsive attempt to kill with malice aforethought, a severity level 1 person felony.
Criminal discharge of a firearm, a reckless and unauthorized discharge of a firearm resulting in great bodily harm to a person, a severity level 3 person felony.
Criminal possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon — related to Maxey’s criminal past extending from an October 2007 aggravated robbery — a severity level 8 nonperson felony.
Capt. Shawn Collie of the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, commander of the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force, said that Maxey is being held for now in the Buchanan County Jail as a fugitive from justice, pending fulfillment of a $200,000 cash-only bond. He is slated to appear in Buchanan County Court on Monday, July 8.
The incident happened after a gathering of about 20 people in the early morning hours of June 9 saw the outbreak of a reported argument between two people, before the firing of a gun. Two shots struck the victim, who is said to have had no involvement in the argument.
Maxey has lived many of his days behind bars in one location or another since October 2007, following the conviction for aggravated robbery in Atchison; upon his first release in 2008, a June 2010 attempted aggravated battery incident in Leavenworth County, Kansas, returned Maxey to prison in May 2011. He encountered more criminal trouble in 2012, before his eventual December 2017 release from state custody.
The incident on June 9 coincided with the overnight period between weekend events of the 14th Annual Atchison Juneteenth festival, with events concentrated on LFM Park. However, authorities and festival organizers have said that the shooting is unrelated to the festival.
News-Press Now reporter Matt Hoffman contributed to this story.