South Springfield Standoff Ends in Suicide

A 48-year-old man is dead after a police standoff in south Springfield.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 3:15 p.m. on Friday afternoon reporting credible threats against Missouri State University by a person who was believed to be attending classes.

“It also contained a threat of suicide after some violent acts,” Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott told reporters.

Deputies were then dispatched to a home in the 3200 block of West Edward Street in south Springfield. When the deputies entered the home on the wellness check, they heard a shot fired, and immediately exited the home and evacuated a two block radius around the home.

Sheriff’s Deputies and family members of the gunman tried to communicate with him to ask him to surrender peacefully but were unsuccessful.

Sheriff Arnott stated they heard what sounded like a gunshot, went a period of time without seeing any movement, and then sent in the SWAT team where they found the suspect dead inside the home.

The Sheriff said the gunman was not someone known to law enforcement and they have no idea why he took the actions that he took today. A search warrant was to be executed on the home Friday night and detectives will work to try and determine a cause for the incident.

Here is Sheriff Arnott’s press conference after the conclusion of the incident:

Posted by Ozarks Independent on Friday, November 1, 2019
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