Update: Investigation continues after man dies in stand-off
Thu, 02 Dec 2010 14:19:34 GMT —
Update: Thursday, Dec. 2 at 4:40 p.m.
The investigation continues Thursday into the death of a man after a stand-off at a motel in Eldon.
William H. Redel, 51, of Jefferson City, was shot at by a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper. Highway Patrol officials said Redel died of a from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The stand-off started Wednesday night with a high speed chase in California, Mo. after someone reported a woman being held hostage at gun point by Redel.
The woman escaped unharmed, but police couldn't stop Redel's car.
Around 10 p.m. Wednesday, a highway patrol trooper spotted Redel's car at a motel in Eldon.
Redel was inside room seven at Fine Food Randles Court Motel when police arrived.
"As troopers approached the motel room, the subject came to the door," Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul Reinsch said. "The shot was fired and the subject retreated back into the motel room."
Reinsch said the trooper was justified in the shooting because Redel brandished a gun when he came to the doorway.
Reinsch said believes the trooper didn't hit Redel, but Reinsch was not at the scene Wednesday.
Redel then backed into the motel room after troopers fired shots. Trooper on the scene said they heard two shots come from Redel's room. They waited a short time then went in the room and found Redel severly injured.
"After the subject was discovered with a self inflicted gun shot wound he was taken by ambulance to the Eldon airport where they were going to attempt to airlift him to a medical facility. But before he could be airlifted he was pronounced dead on the scene, Reinsch said.
Reinsch said no one else was injured during the incident. He said the Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control along with Miller County and Eldon Police Department are investigating why this all occurred.
The highway patrol said it will know more on how Redel died when it gets the autopsy results. The patrol expects to get the results in the next day or two.
Update: Thursday, Dec. 2 at 11:06 a.m.
A man shot himself after allegedly holding a woman hostage Wednesday.
William H. Redel, 51, of Jefferson City was allegedly holding a woman hostage in his vehicle in California, Mo. when police arrived at 5:15 p.m. The woman was able to escape the vehicle before Redel lead California Police on a high speed chase.
Police were not able to stop Redel.
Around 9:45 p.m., Missouri Highway Patrol located Redel TMs vehicle at the Fine Food Randles Court Motel in Eldon, Mo.
As troopers approached Redel TMs motel room, they saw Redel in the doorway with a gun. Troopers fired shots at Redel, it is not clear if shots hit Redel or not.
When troopers entered Redel TMs motel room, Redel was severely injured by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Redel was taken to Eldon Airport via ambulance, and then airlifted to University Hospital. However, Redel was pronounced dead before he was airlifted.
The Missouri Highway Patrol continues to investigate the case.
Police responded to a possible shooting in Eldon late Wednesday night.
Police are staying tight lipped about the incident, but did confirm they responded to the Randles Court Motel on Business-54.
A viewer who emailed KRCG said the incident happened around 10:30 P.M., They say police had guns drawn, and they surrounded the motel.
A "Staff for Life" helicopter was seen leaving the scene.
An Eldon police officer tells KRCG news only one person was involved, and they will continue to investigate.