Charges filed against Kelvin Purnell

6:13 PM, May 11, 2012   |    comments
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Berkeley, MO (KSDK) - Charges have been filed against a man police say barricaded himself inside a home in Berkeley, Missouri Thursday morning.

Kelvin Purnell, 51, has been charged with first-degree assault against a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, and resisting arrest.

Police say they were called to a home in the 6700 block of Carol Lee shortly before noon on Thursday.

A Social Services representative requested police due to a conflict regarding the possibility of Purnell's father being committed to a nursing home.

A responding officer got into an altercation with Purnell, and Purnell fired a gun in the direction of the officer. The gun jammed, and Purnell tried to take the officer's weapon.

The officer fired a shot at Purnell and unarmed him.

After the officer acquired control of both weapons, Purnell ran to another area inside the home.

Because the officer did not know if Purnell was retrieving another weapon, he went outside with the social worker.

Five schools in the area were then put on lockdown, and the St. Louis County Tactical Unit was brought in since Purnell was barricaded inside the home with his father.

Officers were able to convince Purnell to allow his father to leave the home.

Purnell voluntarily surrendered shortly before 5:30 p.m. and was taken into custody.

Only minor injuries were reported, and all weapons were recovered and seized.

The officer involved in the initial altercation with Purnell was put on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

Purnell is held on a $125,000 cash-only bond.


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