MINERAL POINT, Mo. — A man shot and killed a sheriff's deputy in Missouri early Saturday as emergency workers loaded an unconscious person into the back of an ambulance, authorities said.
Christopher Parsons, who became a deputy in October, was shot and killed while responding to a call around 2 a.m. about an unconscious person near Mineral Point, a community of roughly 350 residents about 80 miles southeast of St. Louis, said Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Juston Wheetley.
"As they were loading (the unconscious person) into the back of the ambulance they were ambushed," Wheetley said. He said investigators don't know of any motive.
Wheetley said the shooting suspect, Gary Sancegrow, 30, of Mineral Point, was taken into custody without incident at about 5:15 p.m. He said people who knew Sancegrow brought him to a checkpoint that law enforcement had set up in the Mineral Point area.
The suspect had run into a heavily wooded area after the shooting and was wearing camouflage clothing, Wheetley said.
Wheetley said Sancegrow was the only suspect being sought in the death.
Several law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service, had joined in the search, which had been going on all day Saturday. The sheriff's department also had put up a $2,500 reward for information leading to Sancegrow's arrest.
Wheetley said it was unclear if the reward prompted Sancegrow's arrest.
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Richard CorsoMonday, December 17, 2012 5:26:51 PMThe $2500 should be spent on the electricity for the electric chair that this alleged person deserves.
Andrew BickerstaffMonday, December 17, 2012 5:55:12 PMAfter being in the fire/ ems service for 13 years I can honestly say I think by the end of my career ems personnel will start putting on bullet proof vest to run calls the same way as we put turnout gear on for a fire, or they will be armed.
Cliff BrooksMonday, December 17, 2012 5:59:26 PMUnfortunately Andrew... Many urban EMS crews already have them on the back of their seats.
Tyson DiffieMonday, December 17, 2012 6:03:14 PMKevlar and packing heat. I like it.
Eric GinnTuesday, December 18, 2012 5:38:02 AMLane is too cheap to look out for their employees in this way.
Tommy HeadleyTuesday, December 18, 2012 9:52:41 AMkevlar might not be a bad idea.
Carl TatumTuesday, December 18, 2012 11:09:53 AMIts just not the big city where fire/ems are targets.
Jeffrey HendelTuesday, December 18, 2012 2:33:52 PMI am a FF myself. Conceal and carry should be an option for EMS workers.
Jon BanakaTuesday, December 18, 2012 11:24:01 PMcan you take down the photo of the dirtbag and post a photo of the officer instead?
Wayland SlaterWednesday, December 19, 2012 12:28:53 PMWe had kevlar, but usually only used it while on standby for a drug raid or hostage standoffs.
Matthew SherrouseSaturday, January 05, 2013 1:09:45 PMMy partner and I have discussed this, the day I must wear a bullet Proof anything, carry a taser, or defensive / offensive weapon, or any combonation of the aforementioned items My career in this service will be over. I love serving the public, but I will not be placed in the position where I might have to cause harm to another while wearing a my fire department uniform. As my partner has told me, and I avidly agree with him, if we take the role of carring weapons then we lose the "we are only here to do good" title and I will not allow myself to do this.