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Police in Raymore mistakenly held a senior couple at gunpoint for felony vehicle theft. The Belton couple was driving their son’s truck, which had been stolen and recovered by Raytown police more than a month earlier. Raymore police said they followed protocol. It was Raytown police that caused the issue. Raytown is short staffed overnight, which led to paperwork errors. Even though the truck was recovered, it was still listed as stolen. On Thursday afternoon, a couple driving through Raymore was pulled over and surrounded by five police cars and about nine officers. Officers asked the man to walk backwards to be handcuffed. “Two knee surgeries, back surgery and shoulder surgery – I’m harmless,” said John Wilson, who was pulled over. “He put the gun straight at my forehead and I felt it. I felt it. I knew that my life was on the line at that moment. Anything could have happened,” said Jewel Wilson. Jewel Wilson said she was praying that no one would die. She said she was terrified this could be the end and had no idea why this was happening.”How are we supposed to trust them? How am I supposed to feel safe? How am I supposed to know that ‘Oh, they’re going to know that I’m innocent,'” Jewel Wilson said. The truck they were in was stolen July 3. Two days later, Raytown police recovered the truck. But because that department is short staffed, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office dispatches them overnight. When the shift change happened, authorities said documentation fell through the cracks. But the couple said they aren’t mad with Raytown police.”(They were) very apologetic, very sincere about it and he made us feel good,” said John Wilson. Raymore police said they followed procedures, and that they apologized. But the family said police should have responded to the situation with intuition. “There’s no reason for the way they acted,” John Wilson said. “That cop had his finger on the trigger at me and that’s trigger happy,” Jewel Wilson said. Raymore police told KMBC 9 News that these types of mix-ups are rare.

Police in Raymore mistakenly held a senior couple at gunpoint for felony vehicle theft.

The Belton couple was driving their son’s truck, which had been stolen and recovered by Raytown police more than a month earlier.

Raymore police said they followed protocol. It was Raytown police that caused the issue.
Raytown is short staffed overnight, which led to paperwork errors. Even though the truck was recovered, it was still listed as stolen.

On Thursday afternoon, a couple driving through Raymore was pulled over and surrounded by five police cars and about nine officers.

Officers asked the man to walk backwards to be handcuffed.

“Two knee surgeries, back surgery and shoulder surgery – I’m harmless,” said John Wilson, who was pulled over.

“He put the gun straight at my forehead and I felt it. I felt it. I knew that my life was on the line at that moment. Anything could have happened,” said Jewel Wilson.

Jewel Wilson said she was praying that no one would die. She said she was terrified this could be the end and had no idea why this was happening.

“How are we supposed to trust them? How am I supposed to feel safe? How am I supposed to know that ‘Oh, they’re going to know that I’m innocent,'” Jewel Wilson said.

The truck they were in was stolen July 3. Two days later, Raytown police recovered the truck. But because that department is short staffed, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office dispatches them overnight. When the shift change happened, authorities said documentation fell through the cracks.

But the couple said they aren’t mad with Raytown police.

“(They were) very apologetic, very sincere about it and he made us feel good,” said John Wilson.

Raymore police said they followed procedures, and that they apologized. But the family said the police should have responded to the situation with intuition.

“There’s no reason for the way they acted,” John Wilson said.

“That cop had his finger on the trigger at me and that’s trigger happy,” Jewel Wilson said.

Raymore police told KMBC 9 News that these types of mix-ups are rare.

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