Police officer shot and killed in Missouri identified as Mason Griffith
Missouri police were looking Monday for a man wanted in connection with a shooting that killed one officer and injured another late Sunday night.
Hermann Police Department Detective Sergeant. Mason Griffith died of his injuries in a hospital after being shot at a small-town convenience store just before 9:30 p.m., Missouri Highway Patrol announcement early Monday.
Hermann is a town about 80 miles west of St. Louis, near the center of the Missouri Rhineland and south of the Missouri River.
The second officer shot, who has not been identified, remained hospitalized Monday in serious condition, soldiers said.
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Blue alert issued for shooting suspect
The patrol issued a “blue alert” – triggered when an officer is killed or seriously injured – and identified the suspect as Kenneth Lee Simpson, 35, of Eureka. The city is in St. Louis County.
On Monday morning, Missouri Governor Mike Parson expressed his condolences for the officers and their families.
“Hermann Police Department Detective Sergeant Mason Griffith will never be forgotten, and Missouri will always be grateful,” Parson tweeted. “Teresa and I are praying for Mason’s family, friends and fellow police officers.”
Cpl. The Missouri Highway Patrol’s Kyle Green told the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch Monday morning that he had no developments to report on the shooter.
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Where were the police officers shot?
The two officers were shot at a convenience store on Highway 19 south, police said.
Authorities have not released details describing what led to the shooting or whether officers responded. Hermann Police Chief Marlon Walker could not be reached for comment by USA TODAY.
About three hours after the shooting, the outlet reported, a manhunt for the suspect centered near a home in Hermann along Highway 19, not far from the store where the shooting took place. is produced.
The agents were asking for spotlights to see between two houses. The scene was described as something of a standoff, as police surrounded the house and yelled at the gunman to get out.
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