‘Person of interest’ in Washington shoot-out in police custody

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WASHINGTON, Mo. - A near three-week search for a teenage shooting suspect police considered “armed and dangerous” came to an end Tuesday afternoon in Washington, Missouri.

Police arrested 19-year-old Samuel Baker not long after posting a photo on social media. Tips immediately came pouring in, police said.

Police said an officer spotted Baker outside his friend’s house on 8th Street near Franklin in the heart of town. Baker ran into the house and refused to surrender.

Washington police called in the Franklin County tactical team for a possible standoff but Baker surrendered before they arrived.

Baker was wanted for shooting into another car with a .40 caliber handgun at a busy intersection in town last month, striking one person in the shoulder.

Baker had moved up from a BB gun, police said. He was on probation for shooting out dozens of windows in town with a BB gun and hitting a person with one of the pellets in 2016.

Luckily, no one was seriously hurt in either incident.

Baker was jailed on felony charges of assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and property damage. There was no bond issued since he violated his probation, police said.

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