Detective Sgt. Mason Griffith
Detective Sgt. Mason Griffith

ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Highway Patrol confirms that one of the officers involved in a Sunday night shooting has died. The shooting happened just before 9:20 p.m. at the Casey’s on Market Street in Hermann, Missouri. Officers have since surrounded a nearby home where the suspect may be located.

Detective Sgt. Mason Griffith, 34, was identified as the officer killed in a tweet from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Officer Adam Sullentrup, 31, was also shot and has been taken to a St. Louis hospital for treatment. Backstoppers will be helping both families.

Out of concern for the officer’s safety, the hospital where the officer is located will not be revealed. A spokesperson for the hospital deferring any information about the condition of the officer to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Officer Adam Sullentrup, age 31

Griffith’s widow Jennifer posted on Facebook, “I have no words, except, you were the most incredible husband, father, and leader in your community! You are already greatly missed. I will do my best to honor you every day. Karson will never forget you! I want to Thank all my friends family and first responder family!!! Rest easy, Mason, we have it from here!!!.”

One of Mason’s friends, Coby Holzschuh, also posted on Facebook about Det. Sgt. Griffith, sharing, “Chief, Sgt., husband, father, and friend, are just a few words to describe Mason Griffith, but the most important way to describe him is believer. Mason and I were baptized together on February 19. We had a strong bond before then, given our friendship and line of work, but the bond was unbreakable after that day. Until we meet again. I love you, my friend!!”

Governor Parson also tweeted about the tragedy, adding, “Hermann Police Department Detective Sergeant Mason Griffith will never be forgotten, and Missouri will always be grateful. Teresa and I are praying for Mason’s family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers.”

Corporal Green would not detail where the officers were struck, only describing the gunshot wounds injuries as serious. Green also would not release any information about where the second Hermann officer who was shot might have been taken for treatment.

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