Police hit man firing gun along busy highway

Updated: 3:00 p.m. on January 23:

The official statement from Lighthouse Preparatory Academy is as follows:

"The young man involved in the shooting was not a student at Lighthouse Preparatory Academy. The school has always had a disaster plan in place, and of course we will continue to review this plan to ensure the safety of our students. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family at this difficult time. We have received no official information that Lighthouse was in any way a target but we are thankful to local law enforcement for their excellent work and ultimately to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for His protection and continued hand upon Lighthouse."

Updated: 10:00 p.m. on January 22:

We've learned more about the teenager charged with murdering his grandmother Friday in Holts Summit.

Ryan Koebel is charged with first degree murder, 3 counts of 1st degree assault on law enforcement officer, and 2 counts of armed criminal action.

One teenager who knows the 17-year-old told KRCG she wasn't completely shocked by the news.

"He seemed like a really nice guy, I mean, I know that he had some mental issues, that were significant but he just didn't seem like he was really capable of hurting anybody," an acquaintance of Koebelâ??s who wished to remain anonymous said.

17-year-old Ryan Koebel was being homeschooled and was living in the 800-block of Nieman Road, with his grandparents, Ronald and Karen Cates.

The acquaintance said he was living there because of family problems.

"I just know that he was being really aggressive with his younger brother, so that's why they sent him to live with his grandparents," the acquaintance said.

The caller, who's not much younger than the teenager, said she wasn't completely shocked to learn what Ryan is accused of.

"I was pretty surprised, but I mean, then again, if I thought about it, it wasn't a huge shock to me because I knew that he was having some issues with his family," the acquaintance said.

According to court documents Koebel told officers he got in a fight with his grandmother and during the argument he stabbed her twice and then found a gun and shot her several times.

Pat Lieneke, who lives down the street from the Cates, said she's in shock.

"It just saddened me terribly because I have a grandson that's just a year older than him and I just can't believe that anybody could do that to their grandparents,â?? Lieneke said. â??I just can't think that that could happen to a grandmother."

Lieneke said over the last couple of years she's seen more crime in the area than ever before.

"When I moved here, you could, you never locked your doors, you could go to town and come back and nobody would bother you," Lieneke said.

Updated: 10:25 p.m. on January 21:

In addition to the probable cause statement details, we have other information we've confirmed with a credible source.

The source said Koebel's grandmother was pleading for him not to kill her.

The source said Koebel fired six shots, but his grandmother was still moving so he took a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her several times.

The source told KRCG Koeleb was walking on 54 headed to lighthouse academy in Jefferson City, which is where his brother and sister go to school.

According to the source Koebel, was planning on killing more people, saying he wanted it to be like columbine and but with no survivors.

Koebel is currently being held without bond in the Callaway County Jail in Fulton.

There is no court date set at this time.

Updated: 4:50 p.m. on January 21:

Saturday afternoon, the Holts Summit Police Department released the probable cause statement.

Holts Summit Lieutenant Bryan Reid said on Friday Ronald Cates called Holts Summit Police Department from his home in the 800-block of Nieman Road.

Cates told officers he had left his wife, Karen and their grandson, 17-year-old Ryan Koebel at the home earlier in the morning but when he got home he found his wife had been stabbed.

Ronald also told officers Koebel was not at the home and that a .38 caliber handgun was missing.

The PC statement says after officers got to the scene Ronald got a phone call from someone who said Koebel was walking along the highway and had pointed a gun at them as they passed by.

Thatâ??s when Lt. Reid met up with Holts Summit Police Chief Kyle McIntyre and Missouri State Highway Patrol Corporal Mike Halford on Highway 54.

Corporal Halford said he saw a person who matched the description of Koebel walking alongside the highway just south of the Center Street exit.

All three law enforcement officers crossed over the median to make contact with Koebel, thatâ??s when the suspect pointed the handgun in their direction and started firing.

The court documents said Koebel fired two shots at the officers, and was then struck by Corporal Halfords patrol car.

Lieutenant Reid said a .38 caliber handgun with spent shell casings were found close to Koebel, who was taken to St. Maryâ??s Hospital for scrapes, bruises and minor cuts.

Ryan told officers that he had been in a fight with his grandmother and during the argument he stabbed her twice and then found the gun and shot her several times.

Updated: 3:05 p.m. on January 21:

Callaway County Prosecutor Chris Wilson filed charges against 17-year-old Ryan Wayne Koebel Saturday morning.

Koebel is accused of killing 60-year-old Karen k. Cates.

Callaway County Sheriff's Department Sergeant Clay Chism told KRCG Koebel is charged with first degree murder, 3 counts of 1st degree assault on law enforcement officer, and 2 counts of armed criminal action.

Chism said Koebel is also accused of shooting at Missouri State Highway Patrol Corporal Mike Halford, Holts Summit Police Lieutenant Bryan Reid and Holts Summit Police Chief Kyle McIntyre.

Chism also said Koebel was hospitalized Friday night but returned to the Callaway County Jail early Saturday afternoon.

But because of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, HIPAA, he could not say why Koebel was taken to the hospital.

Koebel is currently being held without bond in the Callaway County Jail in Fulton.

Updated: 5:15 p.m. on Jan. 20:

Authorities are releasing more information about the moments that led up to a shootout between a man walking on Highway 54 near Holts Summit and authorities.

Law enforcement said a Highway Patrolman was driving eastbound on Highway 54 when he came across a man walking against traffic toward Jefferson City. The officer said he could see the man was carrying a handgun so he turned around in the median to stop the suspect. Two Holts Summit officers in their own vehicles also met the Highway Patrolman. The man started shooting at the law enforcement officers' vehicles, so the Highway Patrolman hit the guy with his vehicle to stop the suspect from shooting.

Police said the man was treated at St. Mary's and released to Callaway County authorities with bruising. He is current in the Callaway County Jail.

No officers were injured in the shooting.

Authorities are still investigating, but they think the man might be involved in a fatal stabbing in Callaway County where a 60-year-old woman died.

Original Story:

Holts Summit Police along with the Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies are on the scene of what appears to be a confrontation between a man and law enforcement along Highway 54.

The Highway Patrol said they got a report of a man walking along Highway 54 with a gun. When they responded, law enforcement said the man started firing at officers. One of the officers hit the man with his vehicle to stop him from shooting.

One lane of traffic is currently closed as investigators process the scene.

This is a developing story and KRCG has a reporter on scene. Stay tuned for more information at, KRCG News at Noon, our Facebook page and our Twitter page.