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Deputies Nina Osia and Michael Toombs.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - Police say Shawn Nims, the 40-year-old man accused of shooting two sheriff's deputies, is dead following an hours long manhunt.
Nims is accused of shooting two deputies just after 2 a.m. Friday at a home in the 7400 block of Twin Ridge Road in Ceder Hill. Both deputies are in stable condition.
The deputies were responding to a hang-up 911 call at approximately 11 p.m. Thursday. When they arrived, residents said the call was a mistake and all was well. Authorities say a man -- who they believe to be Nims -- jumped out the window and left the scene. As the deputies prepared to resume their patrol, they told investigators that the residents were acting suspicious and ran a check, where they found an active felony warrant on Nims.
Deputies returned to search the home at 2 a.m., and when they were headed into the basement, a person downstairs -- who authorities believe was Nims, who had since returned to the home -- opened fire, hitting both deputies. The deputies returned fire, police say, and it's unknown whether Nims was hit.
Deputy Nina Osia, 22, was struck in the calf. The second deputy, 43-year-old Michael Toombs, was hit in the left arm. Both deputies are in stable condition, and are expected to make a full recovery. They were released from a local hospital after a brief stay.
Police say Nims fled through a back window and has not been seen since. A shotgun was found inside the residence. Investigators initally reported Nims was armed and possibly in possession of an automatic weapon.
Police actively searched for the gunman, and told people in the area to lock their doors and not let a suspicious person in.
Besides the felony warrant, Nims had previously been sentenced to three years in prison for pleading guilty to drug possession in 2005. He also pled guilty in 1992 to a misdemeanor charge of stealing.
No further details on the circumstances of the shootings have been released.
No additional information was immediately available.