Mission police working to determine what charges to bring after incident with gun at Sylvester Powell

Police from Mission, Fairway and Overland Park responded to the report of men carrying weapons into a baby shower at the Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center in mid-February. Photo credit Mike Frizzell.

Mission police say they are still investigating the February incident at the Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center where two men allegedly walked into a baby shower, at least one of them with a weapon.

Captain Dan Madden with the Investigations Division,said in an email that the initial information the department received was that there were “weapons concealed on at least one person, but it was never brandished.” Madden said a suspect has been positively identified, but that no charges have been filed at this time.

“From the information we have currently, we believe a law was violated,” Madden said. “What is yet to be determined is what specific law was violated. There are several factors that impact this, so it could be something as minor as Disorderly Conduct, or something as serious as Aggravated Assault.”

He said investigators have been having a difficult time nailing down the precise sequence of events.

“As you might imagine, given the reason for the gathering, a lot of the attendees (witnesses) are related,” Madden wrote. “We aren’t getting a tremendous amount of cooperation.”

Police Chief Ben Hadley confirmed in an email that, per state law, concealed carry is permitted at the community center, but open carry is not.

“[It’s] just sad that this happened, and not just for those involved, but for the families that were enjoying the time at the community center and not involved,” Hadley said in the email.