Missouri S&T gunman suspect captured

1:09 PM, May 12, 2011   |    comments
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Rolla, Mo (KSDK) -- The Missouri Highway Patrol confirms a suspect is in custody in connection to the incident at the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus and the security incident at Fort Leonard Wood. 

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Rolla Police Chief Mark Kearse identified the suspect as 31-year-old Cody N. Willcoxson. Willcoxson lives in Missouri's South West City, near the Oklahoma border. He was released from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections in 2008 after serving about 3 1/2 years for burglary, escaping from jail, and other felonies.

Investigators have applied for warrants for four counts of felony assault on law enforcement.  Bond has been set at $1 million. 

Fort Leonard Wood's public affairs office said there was a security situation on Thursday morning, and it involved a person with a Missouri non-driver license identification with the name "Cody Willcoxen."

The man was instructed to stop his vehicle at the west gate of the fort. The Army Civilian Policeman at the gate ordered the driver to turn around and leave because he did not have proper documentation. The driver continued driving through the west gate toward the main gate on post where he was pursued by military police. The driver left the fort through the main gate.

The Pulaski Sheriff's Department pursued the suspect's vehicle.  The suspect fired shots at the officers as he headed east on I-44.  The suspect then fired shots at Rolla police officers.

The suspect stopped his vehicle near McNutt Hall at Missouri Science and Technology and got out with a gun around 8:45 a.m.

Missouri S&T issued a press release that said the gunman went inside McNutt Hall on the Rolla campus.  The hall houses classrooms, offices and labs.

According to a notice posted on Missouri S&T's website, no shots were fired on campus and no one was injured.

Police found an AK-47 near McNutt Hall, but not suspect got away.

Rolla police said a few minutes later the suspect broke into a residence in the 1000 block of Crinoidal Ct and demanded the keys to the resident's car and stole it.

Investigators said an alert Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper spotted the suspect's vehicle and got behind it.  They were involved in a short pursuit, south of Rolla.  Willcoxson stopped the vehicle and was taken into custody. There were no shots fired during the apprehension.

Law enforcement did not reveal the exact location of where the suspect was taken into custody because investigators needed to process the scene.

More than 150 officers were involved in apprehending Willcoxson.

Investigators said they believe he acted alone. Drug-related items were found in the original vehicle Willcoxson was in.

Officers are now debriefing, working to piece together the gunman's spree. Multiple agencies were involved in the pursuit and apprehension of Willcoxson.


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