Saturday night stand-off in SK

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Barry County Sheriff's deputies encountered a man with an AK47 rifle when they answered a call concerning an altercation between neighbors in the Shell Knob area on Saturday night.

According to a press release issued on Monday, two officers responded to the call, which originated from a home on Lake Road 39-30 in Shell Knob. When they arrived at the scene at around 8 p.m., the officers attempted to do a wellbeing check on the person next door to the caller.

The deputies entered the home and discovered a male subject in the back bedroom with an AK-47 rifle in his hand. Both officers retreated immediately from the home and called for back up.

The Barry County Special Response Team (SRT) arrived on the scene along with several additional officers. When the subject would not respond, Sheriff Mick Epperly called for the assistance of a Missouri State Highway Patrol negotiator and evacuated mobile homes in the nearby area.

"With the help of the negotiator, we were able to get a throw line and communicate with the subject," said Epperly.

Negotiations continued until 7 a.m. in the morning when the subject, Brian Craker, was finally taken into custody by the Barry County Sheriff's Department and Highway Patrol.

Craker was first transported to St. John's Regional Hospital for 96-hour evaluation and then transported to the Hawthorn Center in Joplin.

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