The Parsons Police Department is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and charging of a suspect in a shooting at 28th and Clark last week.

Police were called at 4:55 p.m. Thursday to 28th and Clark on a report of a shooting with vehicles involved.

Witnesses told officers that a white Cadillac Escalade and another vehicle, perhaps a white Dodge Durango or white minivan, exchanged gunfire. Officers found the unoccupied Escalade parked facing south at 26th and Gabriel. The vehicle had multiple bullet holes in it. Police impounded the Cadillac as evidence as a part of the investigation.

Police recovered eight shell casings at or near the intersection of 28th and Clark, according to Police Sgt. Jason Ludwig. Witnesses reported hearing six to eight gunshots. Ludwig said police could not confirm that all eight shell casings related to the shooting.

Two homes near the intersection of 28th and Clark had what appeared to be bullet holes in them.

On Monday, Police Chief Robert Spinks told city commissioners about police offering the reward.

Spinks said the department has a person of interest who allegedly tried to murder Xavier Porter. However, Porter, who is well known by police, isn’t cooperating. Spinks said police have evidence but not enough information to prosecute and they need the public’s help.

“We just need the community to take ownership and come forward and share the information that we believe that they know so that we can put somebody into prison,” Spinks said.

Spinks said this isn’t the first time the police department offered a reward for information, but it’s been many years. He said the reward is part of a new initiative to gather information that leads to arrest on major crimes in Parsons.

The department has only three to five officers covering about 10 square miles and it’s impossible for officers to have eyes everywhere, Spinks said. 

“Therefore, we call upon the citizens of Parsons to let us know when they see odd behavior or suspicious circumstances. Approximately 9,000 pairs of eyes have significantly higher odds of catching bad guys doing bad things rather than just the few pairs of law enforcement eyes. Policing is a partnership and joint community responsibility,” Spinks said in a prepared statement.

Police are distributing a wanted poster with a John Doe name seeking information in the case. 

He hopes people will “see it, hear it, report it” by calling 421-7060 or the tip line at 421-7057. The email address for the tip line is tips@parsonspd.com.

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