Update: Stand-off ends in tragedy
Fri, 30 Jul 2010 11:24:30 GMT —
Update: Saturday, July 31 at 7:25 p.m.
A two day stand-off in Miller County has ended in tragedy.
Around ten o'clock Saturday morning the Highway Patrol and Miller County authorities convinced the suspect, 39 year old Charles C. Knaebel of Miller County, to release his two children.
The children were taken to the hospital and checked over, then roughly two and half hours later the stand-off ended.
Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott said it didn't end exactly how they wanted it to.
"It had happiness and also sadness. The kids are safe and home with their mother right now," Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott said. "Our suspect had a self inflicted gun shot wound."
Abbott said after the kids were released the negotiators didn't hear from Knaebel, so authorities went into the trailer and found the worst case scenario.
"What we were trying to do is get him to release the children and then get our investigators to talk to him. The best scenario did occur when we got those children out," Missouri Highway Patrol Paul Reinsch said. "However, it wasn't a perfect scenario because the death of the subject."
Reinsch said authorities are still on the scene investigating.
VFW road will remain closed until authorities are through investigating.
Update: Saturday, July 31 at 12:48 p.m.
Sheriff Bill Abbott told KRCG that the two children in the home have been released and are safe. The suspect still is inside and refusing to come out.
Update: Saturday, July 31 at 12:20 p.m.
The stand-off is still on going . Miller County officers are trying to be very cautious dealing with the situation, because they're two children inside the home with the suspect.
Update: Friday, July 30 at 6:32 p.m.
A 14-year-old boy witnessed the incident.
The episode began Thursday afternoon when a neighbor shot a dog in the foot. That brought the boy's mother out of the house, yelling at the man. Next, the boy TMs sister came out of the home.
Well, he pointed the gun at my sister, shot, missed her, hit our trailer, and he took another shot, missed then, he took a fourth shot and hit Joan Short in the knee.
Officers arrived, cleared the trailer park, and surrounded the suspect's home. The boy said the suspect had a history of shooting and killing neighbor dogs. He also said that the suspect videotapes the neighbor kids playing in the yard.
The cops said they can't do nothin' about it as long as he's on his property," the boy said.
However, authorities have not confirmed the boy's account.
The VFW road, south of Eldon at the intersection with Witt Road was as close as authorities would allow people to get to the mobile home park where the incident occurred.
A Highway Patrol Spokesman said VFW road will remain blocked until the situation is resolved.
Area residents are advised to use alternate routes.
Update: Friday, July 30 at 4:30 p.m.
The 14-year-old witness said the victim of the suspect's shooting was neighbor Joan Short.
University Hospital officials said she is in fair condition.
Update: Friday, July 30 at 2:52 p.m.
Authorities are outside the home waiting for the suspect.
According to Missouri Highway Patrol, the suspect is inside with his two children.
Troopers are have talked to the suspect.
Update: Friday, July 30 at 11:55 a.m.
A 14-year-old boy, who lives in the neighborhood, and whose dog was shot and wounded, said that the suspect shot at three different people before he locked himself in his home.
The 14-year-old boy said that the suspect shot at the boy's sister and at the their mother and missed, but at least one bullet hit their home. The boy said the suspect then shot the victim, a different neighbor, who was life-flighted to University Hospital.
The boy said that the suspect has a history of killing dogs.
Authorities have blocked off the gravel road leading to the scene.
Update: Friday, July 30 at 9:35 a.m.
The Highway Patrol SWAT Team from Troop D out of Springfield has relieved Troop F in the incident near Eldon.
The Highway Patrol said the situation is now a stand-off because the suspect won't come out of his house.
Highway Patrol officials said they are treating the situation as though the man is armed and dangerous.
A possible manhunt is underway in Miller County Friday morning.
The Missouri Highway Patrol said there was an incident last night and they have troopers on the scene about four miles south of Eldon.
A teenage boy said his dog was shot by a neighbor. When the boy's sister yelled at the neighbor, the neighbor shot at her, but missed.
The boy also said another neighbor was wounded by the shooter. That woman was flown to University Hospital in Columbia. Hospital officials confirm that she is there and in fair condition.
Miller County authorities will not confirm these reports.
The Highway Patrol said no one is in custody, but will have an update later in the day.