Police searching woods near De Soto for suspect after chase

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Donald Hornsey

Donald Hornsey

DE SOTO, MO (KTVI) - Troopers say a man on the run from Federal Marshall's intentionally drove into a St. Francois Sheriff`S Deputy Tuesday. The search is still underway for the suspect.

The deputy is expected to survive. Although he suffered injuries to his leg, hip and maybe his back.

While it began down that road, authorities spent a lot of time searching a very rural part of southern Jefferson County near where the suspect`s sister lives. They don`t think Donald C. Hornsey, 48, was armed but authorities took no chances, and brought out their guns and search dogs.

Troopers say Hornsey drove to this area to get away from police. He then got out of the stolen red pickup and ran away on foot.

The chase began near Desloge when a Sheriff`s deputy stopped to check on a couple suspicious vehicles. They say Hornsey ran and jumped into his friend's red pickup truck. Hornsey stole the vehicle and hit the deputy. He was still able to arrest the other two men even though he was injured.

The Sheriff is very proud of his deputy.

"We try to teach officers that you never give up. As long as you can still go, you keep plugging away, and stay alive, until someone can get there to help you. That is a perfect example. This officer did his job even after he was injured and down on the ground." said Sheriff Dan Bullock of the St. Francois Sheriff's Department.

Troopers think they know why Hornsey ran.

"This individual did have an active federal felony probation violation warrant. Until we interview the subject we can only guess this was his reason morning for fleeing the scene." said Cpl. Juston Wheetley of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Schools were locked down, and people returned home to make sure loved ones were safe. The injured deputy is Paul Clark, a veteran law enforcement officer. They don`t if any of his injuries will be lasting.

The search continues as officers follow up on other leads.

Ironically, authorities held their news conference in the Desloge City Hall. The suspect, Donald Hornsey was due there Tuesday afternoon to answer to a shoplifting charge.

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