Suspect Dead After Shooting Two Deputies, Stabbing Officer

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - The man suspected of shooting two St. Charles County sheriff's deputies is now dead.  St. Charles County Sheriff  Tom Neer says Richard Heeter, 61, stabbed a St. Louis County police officer before he was shot by other officers.

This all started around 1:00 a.m. at a home on Circle Drive. Authorities say Heeter, who is from the Wentzville area, went to the home allegedly to collect a debt from the people who lived there. Shots were reportedly fired and St. Charles County deputies responded. 

Authorities say Heeter shot the first deputy in the wrist.   When a  second deputy arrived, Heeter allegedly shot him in the arm.  Both deputies were  taken to an area hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Law enforcement officers from St. Louis County, St. Charles County and SWAT Teams were called in to help in the manhunt for Heeter.   Officers spotted him just after 5:30 a.m. walking in the area near the original scene on Circle Drive.

When officers instructed him to lay down, he would not comply. Heeter kept walking towards police. A St. Louis County tactical officer tried to take him into custody and that's when Sheriff Need says he stabbed the officer in the shoulder. 
 Other officers opened fire killed Heeter.

Two other people from the home were taken into custody for questioning, but police do not think any charges will be filed.