2 Dead in Officer Involved Shooting in Christian County

Two people are dead in an officer involved shooting that began as a traffic stop for a suspected drunk driver.

Early Saturday morning, Ozark Police pulled over Timothy W. Shafer (37), and Donna Bailey (23), after suspecting that the driver of the vehicle was impaired. This happened just before 3 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 14 and US 65. The driver did not pull over, and instead fled South on 65. Ozark PD did not pursue, but alerted the Christian County Sheriffs Office of the suspected vehicle.

Christian County deputies located the car just after 3:30 a.m. in Highlandville and attempted to stop the car, but were unsuccessful. This initiated a chase that led back into Ozark. CCSO was able to stop the car near 65 and Highway CC using a tactical driving maneuver.

Ozark and Nixa police had at this point joined CCSO to aid in the incident, after reports show that the driver, Shafer, attempted to run over a deputy. The two suspects did not respond to commands, at which point Shafer leaned out of the driver’s side window and brandished a firearm. Officers and deputies responded by firing their weapons toward the car. Both suspects died in the incident.