A suspect is in serious condition after being shot by police following a standoff and shootout Thursday afternoon.
The incident began around 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, when Webster County Sheriff’s Department deputies were attempting to serve an ex parte order north of Rogersville. The subject of the order was inside a residence on Highway B, and refused to cooperate with deputies upon their arrival.
The suspect then barricaded himself inside the home. The Missouri State Highway Patrol then joined the Webster County Sheriff’s Office in attempting to negotiate with the suspect.
After hours of unsuccessful negotiations, the subject came outside of the home with a semi-automatic weapon and opened fire on law enforcement. Officers returned fire and struck the suspect.
Missouri State HIghway Patrol spokesman Trooper Sam Carpenter tells KWTO the suspect is hospitalized with serious injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.
The gunman’s name has not been released to the media.
The Sheriff’s Critical Incident Team, consisting of members of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, and the Webster County Sheriff’s Department along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug & Crime Control, are investigating the incident per standard procedure for an officer-involved shooting.