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Assault case in hands of prosecutor

by Kim Fickett
Landmark reporter

The case against a local man accused of assaulting a Platte City police officer back in July in the 900 block of Platte Falls Road near the Platte City Middle School turned over to the Platte County Prosecutor’s Office.

According to Platte City Police Chief Joe McHale, his department handed over their investigation to Eric Zahnd’s office on Sept. 13.

Zahnd confirmed that his office does have the case.

“We have the case and we are reviewing it,” said Zahnd. “We have asked for some additional investigation because there were a couple of questions we had that we felt needed additional investigation and Platte City is completing that for us right now.”

“They have asked us to do a little more investigative work this week so that’s what we’re doing,” stated McHale. “Witnesses are being reinterviewed by the prosecutor and we’re hoping to have something (a decision by the prosecutor as far as what charges will be filed) by the first of next week.”

Zahnd said he couldn’t specify exactly when charges might be filed or what charges are being considered against the suspect.

After weeks of investigation by the Platte City Police Department, McHale is pleased with the case they have put together.

“I think we have a very solid case,” he stated.

McHale said the officer is undergoing physical therapy and is being evaluated for possible surgery.


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