Video shows fight that led to off-duty KC firefighter Anthony Santi’s death

Video shows fight that led to off-duty KC firefighter Anthony Santi's death

WARNING: The video associated with this story contains disturbing video. A man suspected in the death of an off-duty Kansas City firefighter Thursday afternoon has been charged in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The US Attorney for the Western District of Missouri said in a news release that Ja’Von L. Taylor, 23, was charged Friday in a criminal complaint. Taylor remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing. According to an affidavit, Independence police were called about 2:30 pm on a reported shooting at a convenience store. Federal investigators said surveillance videos showed Taylor returning to his vehicle after becoming very agitated inside the business. Security video also showed Taylor and the victim fighting over an item that Taylor was holding, which was a firearm with an extended magazine, the US attorney’s office said. At one point, the female passenger with Taylor got the firearm and fires a round, appearing to strike the victim in the back, according to the news release. The off-duty firefighter died from his injuries. Independence police identified him as Anthony Santi, 41. Friends said Santi loved his daughter, his family and the outdoors. They said he was known to stand up for what he thought is right.”He was protecting and being the person that he is. Of course, he died a hero because he loved helping people,” friend Shannon Tajchman said.Loved ones said they are in disbelief about what happened. A witness told KMBC Santi heard a man disrespect a female cashier and he stood up for her. Then the argument began.”It’s a horrible thing to happen at such a young age. It’s mind blowing right now. I’m just still in shock,” friend Chris Arzola said. The Kansas City Fire Department said Santi had been with the department since 2011.Fire Chief Donna Lake released a statement:“As a close-knit organization, we are shocked by yesterday’s tragic loss of FF Santi, and my deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. KCFD is used to respond to these events and it is difficult to imagine the death of one of our own in such a way. We are fortunate as a fire department to have our 42Cares program as a mechanism for our employees to deal with this sudden loss of Tony.”The fire department said Santi’s funeral arrangements will be announced soon.

WARNING: The video associated with this story contains disturbing video.

A man suspected in the death of an off-duty Kansas City firefighter Thursday afternoon has been charged in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The US Attorney for the Western District of Missouri said in a news release that Ja’Von L. Taylor, 23, was charged Friday in a criminal complaint. Taylor remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing.

According to an affidavit, Independence police were called about 2:30 pm on a reported shooting at a convenience store. Federal investigators said surveillance videos showed Taylor returning to his vehicle after becoming very agitated inside the business. Security video also showed Taylor and the victim fighting over an item that Taylor was holding, which was a firearm with an extended magazine, the US attorney’s office said.

At one point, the female passenger with Taylor got the firearm and fires a round, appearing to strike the victim in the back, according to the news release. The off-duty firefighter died from his injuries. Independence police identified him as Anthony Santi, 41.

Friends said Santi loved his daughter, his family and the outdoors. They said he was known to stand up for what he thought is right.

“He was protecting and being the person that he is. Of course, he died a hero because he loved helping people,” friend Shannon Tajchman said.

Loved ones said they are in disbelief about what happened. A witness told KMBC Santi heard a man disrespect a female cashier and he stood up for her. Then the argument began.

“It’s a horrible thing to happen at such a young age. It’s mind blowing right now. I’m just still in shock,” friend Chris Arzola said.

The Kansas City Fire Department said Santi had been with the department since 2011.

Fire Chief Donna Lake released a statement:

“As a close-knit organization, we are shocked by yesterday’s tragic loss of FF Santi, and my deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. KCFD is used to respond to these events and it is difficult to imagine the death of one of our own in such a way. We are fortunate as a fire department to have our 42Cares program as a mechanism for our employees to deal with this sudden loss of Tony.”

The fire department said Santi’s funeral arrangements will be announced soon.

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