Hannibal Courier-Post

Manhunt ends with arrest at pond

Law enforcement officials coordinate as they launch a manhunt on Tuesday in Palmyra. A man who allegedly hijacked one vehicle and shot at another evaded capture that day, but was arrested on Wednesday.
By Hannibal Courier-Post
Posted: Jul. 15, 2020 12:19 pm

PALMYRA, Mo. | A manhunt that began in Palmyra on Tuesday resulted in an arrest on Wednesday when officers surrounded a pond where the suspect was hiding.

Sgt. Eric Brown of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said the arrest took place at 7:53 a.m. on the Doyle Manufacturing property north of Palmyra. Brown said the suspect in the manhunt was spotted by a sheriff's deputy from Monroe County near Doyle Manufacturing.

“The subject ran and went into a pond east of the Doyle (facility) and we were able to get the pond surrounded and get him out,” Brown said.

The suspect was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for a medical examination. His identity was not immediately released as law enforcement officials sent off his fingerprints for a database search. 

Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn said the search began near the Hardee's restaurant on Tuesday when a man reportedly hijacked a car in Palmyra and fired a handgun at another vehicle. The man was described as wearing a red tactical vest and black and white sweat pants.

Although the suspect's name was not immediately released, Shinn said the man was thought to be from Illinois and was wanted on a warrant involving a home invasion in Illinois.

Law enforcement officials established check points around Palmyra on Tuesday afternoon, where they stopped vehicles to determine whether anyone was transporting the suspect.

Zach Scillion of Palmyra told Kara Biernat of WGEM News, that he was among those stopped at a checkpoint.

"It's not a good situation and it doesn't make me feel good, but at least the people in blue are out there trying to do what they can to stop this guy before it gets any worse," Scillion said.

Later on Tuesday, the search moved northward when the man was spotted on County Road 334 near Doyle Manufacturing. By that time searchers had recovered a firearm and said the man was no longer wearing a shirt.

Residents near Taylor and West Quincy were warned to lock their doors and stay inside.

The search was called off on Tuesday night, but resumed on Wednesday morning.