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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Sheriff Shinn remains mum on wounded suspect’s ID

  • Marion County Jimmy Shinn declined to reveal Monday the identity of a shotgun-wielding burglary suspect that two of his deputies shot Sunday morning just west of Hannibal, on a county road that runs adjacent to U.S. 36.


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  • Marion County Jimmy Shinn declined to reveal Monday the identity of a shotgun-wielding burglary suspect that two of his deputies shot Sunday morning just west of Hannibal, on a county road that runs adjacent to U.S. 36.
    “I know the ID, but I can’t report it yet,” said Shinn.
    Shinn acknowledges his department had no previous run-ins with the suspect, who thus far has only been described as a 42-year-old Marion County man.
    “As far as criminal activity, no, we weren’t familiar with him,” said the sheriff. “But I was familiar with him just from living in Hannibal.”
    At last report, Shinn said the suspect remained in critical condition at a St. Louis hospital, where he was flown following his confrontation with law officers.
    Two Marion County deputies opened fire on the suspect after he allegedly pulled a shotgun from the small pickup he had been driving and pointed it at officers.
    While the shots were fired near the entrance to a retail area, no citizens were apparently at risk. Reportedly, the workers at Fiddlestik Food and Spirits typically do not arrive on Sundays until between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. And while those assigned to care for animals being boarded at the nearby Klingele-Sculley Veterinary Clinic usually arrive around 7:30 a.m. on Sundays, no mention of the disturbance had been made to the clinic staff on Monday morning.
    Motel break-in
    The gunfire capped a two-county chase that started in Ralls County at approximately 6:30 a.m. at a motel located just north of the Clarence Cannon Dam, according to Ralls County Sheriff Paul Forney.
    “The owner heard some noises in the building. They tried to call up on some phones and no one answered so he called the sheriff’s office and a deputy responded,” he said. “The deputy and owner were going to go check the building when they heard a noise like somebody jumped or fell. It was still kind of dark and he shined a light down in the dark and there was a guy. He yelled for him to stop and that’s when he (suspect) took off running. He got in the vehicle and sped out. That’s what began the pursuit.”
    Sunday morning’s incident was not the first attempted break-in at the motel, according to Forney.
    “Apparently somebody tried to pry the cash drawer open. That occurred sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning,” he said. “A small pickup truck, dark in color, was seen in the area.”
    Considering the suspect was reportedly driving a “small, S10 truck” could there be a connection between the two incidents?
    “It sure looks like it to me,” said Forney. “But we’re investigating that and the one where he fled the scene.”
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    The chase was on from there as the suspect, with the Ralls County deputy in pursuit, raced north into Ralls County.
    “He (deputy) was calling for assistance and maybe some spike strips to be set out,” said Forney.
    Marion County deputies picked up the chase at around 7 a.m. The suspect led law enforcement into Hannibal where police deployed a spike strip in front of Hannibal High School on McMaster’s Avenue (U.S. 61). The strip reportedly caused the right front tire of the truck to blow out.
    The chase did not end there. The pickup continued down McMaster’s Avenue where it turned west onto U.S. 36. Getting off at the Veterans Road exit, the suspect drove south to County Road 412. When the driver attempted to turn into a driveway leading into the retail area, he reportedly lost control and came to a halt on an embankment.
    When the man exited the vehicle he reportedly refused to show officers his hands. While the suspect never fired the shotgun, according to Shinn, he did raise it in the direction of deputies who then opened fire.
     
    (Courier-Post reporter Beverly Darr contributed to this story.)
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