Farmington, Mo (KSDK) - Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers have been called in to investigate an overnight shooting in Farmington involving a deputy and a drug suspect.
Farmington Police Chief Rick Baker says police got a call from a bail bondsman asking for assistance in apprehending a suspect who was barricaded inside an apartment building in the southeast part of town who they had been seeking for three weeks. When officers arrived around midnight, the suspect took off in a vehicle firing a shot at authorities.
Police contacted AT&T to ask for assistance to help locate the suspect by tracking his cell phone. AT&T gave officers the location of Washington and Karsch in Farmington, about a mile from the apartment complex.
When officers arrived, they found the suspect on foot near the parking lot of USA Drug. The suspect pointed his weapon at deputies. The deputies demanded he drop the weapon, but he refused and pointed the gun at a deputy.
Chief Baker said shots were exchanged between officers and the suspect. St. Francois County Sheriff's Deputy Don Smith was shot in the leg. The supect was shot and killed. The chief said several shots were fired between the suspect and deputies.
Police are not releasing many details about the suspect, other than he is a 32 year old male from Farmington and he was wanted on a felony drug charge.
Baker said Deputy Smith was treated at an area hospital and released. He has been with the department for five to six years.