Teen Arrested After Shooting at Family, Holding Woman Hostage

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A teenager is in custody for a road-rage incident that ended in gunfire. Police say he shot at at man who had two children in the car.  It started in Stanton near the KOA campgrounds.  Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke says around 6:30 p.m. Monday a man was driving behind a car on Highway W in Stanton.  He passed a car driving slowly in front of him and headed home.

The driver told police when he started to take his two children out of the car he heard popping sounds. The driver he had passed was shooting at him with a .40 caliber handgun.

The man went inside the house, got a gun and returned fire.  His neighbor also started firing shots.

The teenage suspect left the scene and went to an apartment near Meramec Caverns. He let a woman inside leave but kept police at bay for almost three hours before hostage negotiators convinces him to leave the apartment.

Sheriff Toelke says the teen may face First Degree Assault charges.  The driver of the second will probably not face any charges since his actions are being considered self-defense.

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