Feb. 15, 2021

A Blue Summit woman has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting on Friday evening of Zachary Jewell, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Photo courtesy of Jackson County Sheriff Office

Sarah Devera, dob: 8/6/1993, faces Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action charges.*

According to court records, family members of the victim told Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies that they were at Inner City Fire on Blue Ridge Boulevard in Kansas City when they heard someone banging on the door.

They saw the defendant was outside. She screamed, “I shot him. I shot him.” Deputies found the victim, Zachary Jewell, outside Inner City Fire. Emergency personnel attempted to resuscitate the victim. He has been shot. He was pronounced deceased later at a hospital.

Witnesses and video surveillance confirmed the shooting took place near the 1800 block of Tilden in Blue Summit. A witness stated a man and woman were arguing before a gunshot was fired. Video surveillance showed the victim and defendant leaving a residence when the defendant can be heard saying “Be over it…” and gunshot rings out. She then tells victim to get in the truck and it leaves. The defendant told sheriff’s deputies that she shot him because she believed he was going to shoot her. 

Prosecutors requested a $50,000 bond.

*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.

Charging Document(s)