Suspect dies after shootout with Jefferson County officers


DE SOTO, Mo. – There is a heavy police presence outside a home in the 800 block of Clarke Street in rural De Soto, Missouri. A 26-year-old St. Louis area man who was in a domestic dispute at his ex-girlfriend’s home is now dead after a shootout with De Soto Police Officers. Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak says that they are investigating the officer involved shooting.

Clarke is closed at Public Works on the west side of the incident area. Clarke is also closed at 7th on the east side of the area.

Three officers were called to investigate a domestic incident at about 8:00 a.m. Tuesday. Police say the 26-year-old man fired at the officers. Two of the three officers fired back and hit the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene. One officer at the scene suffered a minor cut. All three officers are now on administrative leave. The officers ages are 33, 34, and 37. They each have between 2.5 and 3.5 years on the force with the De Soto Police Department.

Several police cars, an ambulance, and officers were at the scene. Evidence markers can be seen in the street. They mark bullet shell casings. FOX 2’s Bommarito Automotive Group SkyFOX helicopter was flying over the scene.

“Domestic disputes are well known among police officers as some of the most potentially volatile and potentially violent situations that you can come across,” the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office’s Public Safety Information Coordinator Grant Bissell said.

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