Police standoff with suspect in Howard County

Update, 3:30 p.m.:

First degree domestic assault and armed criminal action charges have been filed against Jeff Leighton.

The investigation is on going, so more charges could be filed.

Leighton is being held without bond.

Since he is still in the hospital, no court dates have been set.

Update, September 14th, 1:15 a.m.:

A stand-off with Howard County police appears to KRCG crews to have come to an end this morning.

Police appear to have taken suspect Jeff Leighton into custody is accused of stabbing his wife, twice in the abdomen.

His wife, Wendi, was flown to the University Hospital after managing to find help at Snoddy's store in Boonville.

Officials at University Hospital told us that the victim is in stable condition.

The stabbing allegedly took place at the home on Howard County Road 435, between the Highway 240 and Highway 40.

Law enforcement officers stood outside of the Howard County home, while Jeff Leighton was barricaded inside until the arrest was made.

The actual force of entry has not been confirmed.

KRCG will continue to investigate this incident for more detail.

Original story:

The MO Highway Patrol and Howard County Sheriff's deputies are on the scene of a stand-off with someone in a home in rural Howard County.

KRCG saw the police presence on County Road 435 near highway 40 west of Rocheport. Officers would not let our cameras close enough to see the home saying that would compromise their operation.

The trouble started earlier in the evening. Police were first called when an injured person showed up at the Snoddy's Store across the river from Boonville.

That person was lifeflighted to the hospital. The stand-off was reported a short time later.

Police are not releasing any more information. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.