- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 26, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Jackson County sheriff’s deputy who faces a lawsuit over a deadly shooting has pleaded guilty to wounding a scooter rider during a different shooting near the Westport bar and entertainment area in Kansas City.

The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office said Monday that 30-year-old Lauren Michael had pleaded guilty to first-degree assault. Prosecutors recommended a suspended execution of a six-year prison term with three years probation and 120 days of shock time in custody, The Kansas City Star reports.

The shooting happened in August 2019 when Michael tried to stop a man and a woman riding a scooter on the wrong side of the street. The female rider fled. Michael caught up to the woman and shot her in the back.

Michael has said the woman tried to use the deputy’s stun gun on her. Investigators question that.

Michael in 2017 fatally shot a shoplifting suspect when she was working off-duty security at a Kansas City-area Walmart. She faces a wrongful death lawsuit related to that shooting.

Prosecutors declined to file charges. But after the second shooting, officials said they would review the death.

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