Grand jury indicts Kansas man in shooting and wounding of Missouri police officer

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LIBERTY, Missouri — A grand jury has indicted a Kansas City, Kansas man in the shooting of a suburban Kansas City police officer.

Thirty-one-year-old Omar Maria was indicted Tuesday on felony charges of assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Pleasant Valley Police Officer Jacob Baldwin was shot Dec. 13 after he stopped a car for a registration violation. Investigators say the vehicle's driver jumped out and fired several shots at Baldwin's car before the officer could get out of the vehicle.

Baldwin was hit in the face but was able to call for help. The suspect fled.

Maria was arrested the next day after a brief standoff Kansas City, Kansas. He's being held in Leavenworth County on $1 million bail.

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