June 17th, 2024 – Greene County, Missouri

Published June 17th, 2024

A deputy with the Greene County, Missouri, Sheriff's Office (GCSO) was shot Monday afternoon. At approximately 4 p.m. Monday, deputies with the GCSO Fugitive Apprehension Unit were attempting to serve a felony arrest warrant. As they approached the residence, the 41-year-old individual named in the warrant opened fire from inside the residence at the deputies, striking one of them in the chest. Officers from other nearby agencies responded to assist. After a short stand-off, with the assistance of several family members, deputies were able to convince the man to peacefully surrender and he was taken into custody.

The deputy who was shot was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation but avoided significant injury as he was struck in his bullet-resistant vest with hard armor (rifle) plates. In a subsequent press conference, Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott stated “The response from Deputies and Springfield Police resulted in close to one hundred law enforcement officers coming together to resolve the situation. Thankfully, this was a positive outcome to a scary and potentially deadly situation. We thank God and the rifle plates for saving the Deputy’s life.” The Greene County Prosecutors Office has charged the 41-year-old man taken into custody with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action, and four counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, in addition to the charges on the felony warrant he was originally wanted for.