WENTZVILLE, Mo. – One day after being shot by police outside a Wentzville auto parts store, a Missouri man has been charged with kidnapping and domestic assault in Lincoln County.
According to Sgt. Jacob Schmidt, a spokesman for the Wentzville Police Department, police were called to the 1200 block of West Pearce Boulevard before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. They found a man inside a parked vehicle who was armed with a gun and threatening to harm himself.
Schmidt said the man would not comply with officers’ demands to drop his weapon. At some point, two Wentzville officers opened fire, striking the armed individual in the arm. The armed man, identified as 53-year-old Daniel Phillips, was taken into custody and then brought to a hospital for his injury. No one else was harmed in the incident.
“It’s one of our busiest intersections in town, so it was definitely an officer-safety issue to have subject like that with a firearm,” Schmidt said. “It was a public-safety issue; there’s a couple of restaurants, there is an intersection with a pharmacy, gas station.”
Investigators learned a young man and woman were giving Phillips a ride into St. Charles County when they received a call from a family member telling them the 53-year-old was involved in a kidnapping in Lincoln County earlier in the day and that he had a gun. The couple pulled up to an AutoZone, left the Phillips in the vehicle, and called police from inside the store.
Phillips is believed to have kidnapped his ex-girlfriend early Wednesday morning after she dropped off her child at a daycare near Troy, Missouri. Police said he pulled a gun on her and ordered her to drive. Phillips told her to let him out at a gas station along Highway 47. He then went to a nearby friend’s home and that’s where he got a ride with the aforementioned couple.
Video from the officers’ body cameras is being downloaded and the officers are being questioned, Schmidt said. Additional witnesses are being questioned and surveillance video from other businesses is also being collected.
The Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Phillips with first-degree kidnapping, fourth-degree domestic assault, and armed criminal action. Phillips was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm in St. Charles County.
In the meantime, Schmidt said the couple is not facing any charges.