Tense hostage situation and standoff ends peacefully after shooting near Arnold


ARNOLD, Mo.- A stand-off and hostage situation that started after an overnight shooting near Arnold has ended peacefully.  Grant Bissell, a spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, tells us this all started about 3:20 am when authorities got a call for a disturbance at a home on Adayah Drive off Miller Road. 

When deputies got there, they heard gunshots and believed they were being fired at.  No deputies were hit though.  SWAT team members from both Jefferson County and St. Louis County were called in and remained on the scene for hours. 

Bissell says the 41-year-old woman was shot by a man in a home with who she had a past relationship. Bissell says the man then held the woman hostage for hours. 

A 79-year-old woman who is related to the 41-year-old was also in the home but was not hurt.  She was able to get out after the shooting. 

Bissell says law officers were in contact with both the suspect and the woman who was shot following the shooting.  After 9:00 am Bissell confirmed that the woman had been released and was taken to the hospital for treatment. 

Bissell told us the woman had been shot in the chest area but her injuries were non-life-threatening. 

Then not long before noon, the suspected shooter surrendered peacefully after we’re told SWAT team members used one flashbang. 

Bissell says both the 41-year-old woman and her 79-year-old relative live at the home.  He did not have a specific condition on the woman who was shot nor does he know what sparked the violence. 

Again though Bissell says the woman’s injuries are considered non-life-threatening. 

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