Arrest Made in Fatal Springfield Hit and Run

Springfield police have made an arrest in the deadly hit and run that took the life of a Missouri State official.

Police say that 27-year-old Shannon J. Shaffer has been arrested in connection with the theft of a Budget box truck that caused two hit and run accidents in Springfield on July 18, 2019, one resulting in the death of Matthew Brown, campus security manager at Missouri State.

Police had asked for the public’s help on Thursday in locating a red Ford Escape they believed was connected to the theft of the box truck. That vehicle was found at 3248 West Madison in Springfield and that spurred the investigation in the direction of Shaffer.

The Greene County Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges against Shaffer of 2nd Degree Murder, 2nd Degree Assault, Leaving the Scene of a Crash, 1st Degree Tampering and Driving While License Revoked with no bond.

Shaffer is in the Greene County Jail.

Police are continuing their investigation and have asked anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 417-864-1810.

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