SULLIVAN, MO (KPLR) – One man is dead after being shot by a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper after a traffic stop turned violent. It all started on the outer road of Interstate 44 and ended nearby in the backyard of a home.
Authorities said just after 5 pm Wednesday afternoon a veteran trooper stopped the suspect. While the officer was talking to the suspect the driver took off in his red pickup truck. There was a short pursuit. Troopers said the driver got out of the car and set off on foot. A state highway patrol spokesman says it all came to an end behind a home when the suspect pulled out a handgun. The trooper fired one shot from his gun and the suspect was taken to a local hospital where he later died. The suspect did not fire any shots. Sgt. Cody Fulkerson with the highway patrol said, “Law enforcement is a very dangerous job you never know from one call to the next what you’re getting involved in…we say there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop.”
At this point no names of those involved have been released. The suspect is in his early 40’s and from the Sullivan area.