The Missouri State Highway Patrol said it all started shortly after 10:30 this morning in Harrison County when the sheriff notified the patrol of a theft in progress at a residence in Ridgeway. Harrison County Sheriff Josh Eckerson reports suspects pulled a gun on the victim of the break-in and fled the scene between Bethany and Ridgeway.
A trooper discovered the vehicle reported by the Harrison County Sheriff heading south on Interstate 35 and began pursuit. The vehicle then left Interstate 35 at Exit 80 which is an exit to Coffey. The vehicle traveled westbound on Route N ran a stop sign sliding through the intersection of Route N and US 69, crashing into a ditch.
In the moments following the crash, the suspects fled the vehicle on foot with the trooper in pursuit. During the pursuit, the suspect fired at the trooper with the trooper returning fire striking the suspect, who was subsequently transferred to a Kansas City hospital. The condition of the suspect has not been released at this time and the trooper was not hit in the exchange.
Multiple law enforcement agencies were called to the scene, including members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control and Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, to assist with a manhunt for the second occupant of the vehicle, a woman who fled on foot. The search was brief and the woman was taken into custody.
The names of the suspect and the trooper have not yet been released and law enforcement continues the investigation at the scene.