TROY, MO (KTVI) – A confrontation between an agitated man and law enforcement officers in Troy, Missouri before dawn Friday ended in gunfire. The 32-year-old man was shot after police say he fired at them with a shotgun.
He was airlifted to an area hospital and was recovering after surgery Friday afternoon. One Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy suffered a bruise and abrasion believed caused by the shot fired by the suspect. He was treated at the Lincoln County Medical Center and released.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were called to assist Troy police after midnight with a man described as “experiencing psychiatric abnormal behavior, possibly armed with a shot gun and threatening suicide.”
Sheriff Mike Krigbaum said officers surrounded a residence on South Camelot before 2 a.m. and “made several attempts both verbally and by telephone to get the subject to exit the residence. However the subject refused all demands.”
Officers reported the man became increasingly agitated and because he was suspected of being armed with a gun they entered the ranch style home through a back door at 3:40 a.m. The suspect confronted two sheriff’s deputies and refused to put down his shotgun. The officers took cover, but the man fired at them. They returned fire, striking him.
Sheriff Krigbaum said the close proximity of other occupied homes prompted the officers to enter the home to confront the suspect.
Several nearby neighbors said they were not aware of the potential danger overnight. None of them knew the man who police say had only been living in Missouri a few months. No one else was in the home at the time police entered. Sheriff Krigbaum declined to say if the suspect owned the property. Neighbors said they thought the house was owned by a woman.
Lincoln County prosecutor Leah Askey said she expected charges would be filed against the suspect in a few days.
The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating the shooting by the officers which is standard procedure. They will remain on paid, administrative leave pending the outcome of that investigation.