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2-11-2015


Man charged with
shooting wife in knee
Suspect held on $350k cash-only bond

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark assistant editor

Charges have been filed against a Platte County man who allegedly fired a bullet into his wife's knee.

The story of the shooting was first reported by The Landmark on last week’s front page.

The Platte County Prosecutor's Office charged 39-year-old Travis D. Potter, Kansas City in Platte County, with first degree felony assault and felony armed criminal action.

Platte County Associate Circuit Court Judge Abe Shafer set his bond at $350,000 cash only. Should the defendant post bond, he is prohibited from having any contact with the victim and prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Darin Snapp, public information officer with the Kansas City Police Department, said authorities received a disturbance call at 4 a.m. from a homeowner in the 7400 block of NW 79th Court, just a few blocks southeast of Park Hill High School.

The women told authorities that she and her and husband got into a verbal dispute around 8:30 p.m. Shortly thereafter, Potter left the home in an intoxicated state, but returned the following morning yelling and kicking down the front door. They allegedly engaged in a second verbal altercation, prompting the female to call the police.

According to court documents, before police arrived the female told Potter the marriage was over. Potter allegedly grabbed his rifle and verbally threatened to kill her.

As the wife ran from the residence seeking refuge at a neighbor's house, authorities say Potter fired his rifle several times.

Minutes later, a second 9-1-1 call came in reporting she had been shot in the leg.

Court records allege Potter approached the injured victim and ordered her to “get the f*** up!” When the victim told Potter she was unable to stand, he allegedly pointed the gun at her head.

When officers arrived at the scene, the victim was found lying on the ground with her husband standing over her with an assault rifle. When officers demanded Potter put down the weapon, he alleged failed to comply. Two Kansas City Missouri police officers fired their weapons, shooting Potter at least a couple of times in the arm and the mid-section of his side.

Police say they recovered an assault rifle from the front yard.

Both the victim and the suspect were transferred to an area hospital. The injuries they sustained were serious but non-life-threatening, authorities said.

The victim and the offender have a boy and a girl ranging in age from approximately six to 10-years-old. Police say the children were asleep and did not witness the assault. Potter remains in custody at the Platte County Detention Center.


TRAVIS D. POTTER