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Springfield Police Say Officer-Involved Shooting Suspect has Died

Chris Six, Bailey Strohl

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams says the suspect in an officer-involved shooting has died from his injuries.

Williams identified the suspect as 40-year-old Douglas J. Knakmuhs. An officer who was on routine patrol noticed Knakmuhs at the Kum & Go around 2 p.m. Sunday. Williams said Knakmuhs is a suspect in a recent shooting investigation and had outstanding warrants for drugs.

The officer and Knakmuhs exchanged shots but neither were injured from the incident. Chief Williams says the officer had a bullet pass through his pant leg but was not struck.

After shooting towards the officer, Knackmus ran in the direction of Lexington Avenue and Walnut Street.

Moments later, a call came in from a home in the 1800 block of West Elm, and the person stated the suspect had broken into her home and was holding her husband at gunpoint.

As KOLR-10 reports, an SPD officer went into the home and shot at Knakmuhs, who then fell and dropped the gun, the husband was able to escape.

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