HERMANN, Mo. – The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Kenneth Simpson ,35, shot two Hermann police officers Sunday night. One of those officers, Detective Sgt. Mason Griffith, has died.

Missouri issued a Blue Alert shortly after the shooting happened. They were looking for Simpson after he drove off after the shooting.

The suspect may be in a Hermann, Missouri home. Officers have had the building surrounded since early this morning.

Kenneth Simpson

The shooting happened just before 9:20 p.m. at the Casey’s on Market Street. The circumstances of the shooting are not being released, other than the suspect shot two Hermann police officers.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol shared this description of the suspect. Kenneth Lee Simpson, 35, is about 5’10” and around 180 pounds. He has hazel eyes and red hair. Simpson was driving a black 2014 Jeep Wrangler with Missouri license plates RF5A0P.

Just after midnight, police had a home surrounded on East 11th and Market. Police are still outside the home Monday morning. It is not clear if the suspect is inside the home.

There is a very active situation outside the home. The SWAT Team is there along with officers from several different police departments. Broken glass and gunshots were heard coming from a second floor window. “Come out with your hands up and nothing will happen to you,” could be heard over a bullhorn.

Many schools in the area will not be holding classes today. The Gasconade County R-1 School District announces that, “It is out of an abundance of caution and the desire to ensure the safety of our students and staff that we are closing campus for today.”

FOX 2 will update this story with more information as it becomes available.