Name of Greene County Deputy Struck by Suspect Vehicle Released

UPDATE 9 p.m.: The GCSO’s public information officer has told OI the deputy in today’s incident is Lt. Steven Westbrook, a 24 year veteran of the GCSO. Lt. Westbrook is in serious but stable condition.

A Greene County Deputy is hospitalized with “very severe” injuries after being struck by a suspect’s vehicle during a chase Friday morning.

Greene County Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call in the 1200 block of State Highway WW in Springfield. Deputies obtained a report of a suspect, and remained in the area to try and locate him. The suspect then drove past the victim’s house and deputies attempted to stop the vehicle.

The suspect did not yield, starting a pursuit. During the pursuit, deputies were informed the suspect was wanted for a probation violation.

The suspect fled north on Highway 13 into Polk County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Pleasant Hope Police and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office then joined the pursuit. When the suspect was just south of Bolivar, they turned around and fled south down Highway 13.

A Greene County Deputy was attempting to deploy spike strips when the suspect’s vehicle appeared to target the deputy. The suspect veered off the highway and struck the deputy.

The suspect’s vehicle was stopped and immediately the suspects were taken into custody and aid was rendered to the injured Deputy.

The Deputy was airlifted to a local hospital.

Greene County Detectives, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office are on scene conducting an investigation. Significant traffic disruption is taking place on Highway 13, and law enforcement suggests finding alternative routes.

“I would ask the community to please keep our Deputy and his family in your thoughts and prayers,” Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott said in a statement. “We are working closely with Polk County Sheriff Morrison and the Missouri State Highway Patrol to investigate this incident.  I want to also thank my Deputies for their professionalism and dedication as we investigate this horrible assault.”

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