The man who law enforcement believes to be responsible for the death of one Missouri police officer and the injury of another officer is currently being sought by authorities.
According to FOX 2 in St. Louis, Detective Sergeant Mason Griffith of the Hermann Police Department and another officer were injured when they were shot just before 9:20 p.m. on Sunday outside of a general store in Hermann.
Following the incident, the Missouri State Highway Patrol issued a Blue Alert and was given instructions to conduct an investigation. Kenneth Lee Simpson, age 35, was identified as the gunman by MSHP, and a representative for the agency told Fox News Digital that the suspect fled the scene on foot.
The information that investigators received led them to suspect Simpson had barricaded himself inside a residence immediately across the street from where the incident took place; however, it has not been proven that Simpson is inside the home.
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“Come out with your hands up and nothing will happen to you,” could be heard over a bullhorn outside the home, according to media on the scene. KMOV-TV was informed by a source that one of the victims had been shot in the head, and the other had been wounded in the chest. Both were taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital.
Detective Sergeant Griffith passed away while he was being treated at the hospital. The identity of the second cop who was shot has not been revealed, however it has been stated that he is in serious but stable condition.
Reportedly, Simpson has an extensive criminal past that dates back to 2004, and there are other charges that are still outstanding against him. Since April of 2022, he is said to have been evading capture by law enforcement.
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