Suspect Accused of Shooting Doordash Driver Found Dead

Police in Centerville were attempting to arrest a Missouri man who they tracked to a parking lot. He was wanted for murder. However, he shot himself before they could get to him.

According to the Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office, which received a tip just after midnight, the suspect was from the Kansas City metro area. The local police found a black 2010 Jeep Patriot parked in the Centerville Walmart parking lot. Law enforcement monitored the car and its occupants while they contacted the Iowa State Patrol Tactical Team for help in capturing the criminal.

Officials approached the suspect at around 2:30 in the morning. The man resisted arrest and finally shot himself. After paramedics tried CPR on the man, he was taken to MercyOne Centerville Medical Center, where doctors later declared him dead.

The individual was identified as Christian Crail, 26 years old, from St. Joseph, Missouri, according to the Kansas City Police Department. His body has been sent to Ankeny, the home of the Iowa State Medical Examiner, for the autopsy.

Authorities in the Kansas City region have charged Crail in connection with two shootings. His most recent incident occurred in the Northland neighborhood of Kansas City on May 14, when he allegedly shot a Doordash driver in the head. Attorney Eric Zahnd of Platte County prosecuted the case, and he described the shooting as random.

According to Zahnd, a thorough search was then conducted, culminating in Centerville.

In 2021, after a gunshot incident in Olathe, Kansas, Crail was reportedly charged with second-degree assault by the same prosecutor.

On May 14, as Noah Bryant and his girlfriend were driving for Doordash in a black Dodge Dart, Christian Crail, 26, shot him in the head, according to a police report filed in Platte County court.

Bryant had made a pit stop at a Chipotle and a Taco Bell in the Northland of Kansas City to pick up orders. Court records show that Crail opened fire on Bryant’s vehicle as it was passing Chase Bank at the intersection of NW Barry Road and N Boardwalk Avenue.

No harm came to Bryant’s passenger, the Dart’s owner. Crail is seen on security video racing north on Interstate 29 after directing the truck onto the sidewalk after Bryant was shot.

According to the survivor, Crail opened fire when she made an obscene gesture.

On Friday, Bryant’s friends and family gathered at North Kansas City Hospital for a memorial walk. According to what Bryant’s dad Virgil said online, five of his son’s organs were given when he passed away.