Officer-involved shooting investigation ongoing

Friday, September 2, 2016

Highway Patrol: No new information until possible charges are filed against suspect

The investigation into the police officer's shooting of a man in McDowell early Wednesday morning is ongoing, and no new information was available as of Thursday.

According to Sgt. John Lueckenhoff, public information and education officer with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, no new details will be released until possible charges are filed against the suspect.

According to the Highway Patrol, at about 2:19 a.m., an officer with the Aurora Police Department initiated a pursuit of a red suburban suspected to be stolen.

The pursuit started in Aurora and continued into Barry County, ending east of Purdy on Farm Road 1165 near McDowell. The suspect turned down a private lane, leading the officer to stop and and exit his vehicle.

The suspect allegedly turned around and began driving toward the Aurora officer in an attempt to ram him, leading the officer to fire multiple rounds, striking the suspect. The suspect was transported to Cox South Hospital and was in critical condition, according to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly. The officer was not injured.

Lueckenhoff said charges could possibly come out of Barry County for the suspect's attempt to hit the officer, and the city of Aurora may have its own municipal charges. He also said there was no update on the suspect's condition as of Thursday afternoon.

Boxx said the investigation is ongoing.

"We have not received any reports at this time," she said.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control is investigating the incident at the request of the Aurora chief of police.

Epperly said Barry County Deputies Chris Hutson and Taylor Lombard arrived to the scene after the shooting had taken place, and Hutson gave medical care to the suspect until first responders arrived to transport the suspect to Cox South.

Epperly said Barry County Detectives Doug Henry and Terry Meek went out to assist the Highway Patrol in the investigation, and Det. Rob Evenson arrived later in the morning to assist, as well.

Brad DeLay, Lawrence County sheriff, said his office was not involved in the incident, nor the investigation.

"My closest officer was at the county line, but the pursuit had already gone into Barry County and the Aurora officer and Highway patrol were there, so we did not send any additional officers," he said. "We have not been asked to do anything for the investigation at this point."

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