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News Release


Shortly after 6:00 PM yesterday, a Stone County Deputy was threatened with a weapon as he was serving civil papers at a residence on Sycamore Ranch Rd, near Galena, MO.  As the deputy arrived at the residence, a 58 year old white male came out of the home with a shotgun and threatened to shoot the deputy.  When the deputy backed out of the driveway, the male subject got into his pickup and drove out to the road and attempted to ram the deputy’s vehicle. 


Additional deputies were dispatched to the area along with members of the Highway Patrol from both the Kimberling City and Branson zones as well as a negotiator from the Highway Patrol Troop D. 


The suspect, who thought the deputy was there to evict him from his home spoke to a Stone County Sgt. by phone, but refused to come out of the residence. During the conversation, he mentioned that he was not leaving, and he would shoot anyone that came on his property.  Spotters from the Stone County SERT team could observe the individual walking around the residence carrying what appeared to be a shotgun.


As time passed, deputies spoke with family members of the suspect, and none of them felt that he would cooperate with the deputies. 


As the nighttime set in, members of the Stone County SERT team with the assistance of the Nixa Police Department’s SERT team surrounded the home.  At approximately 10:30 PM, the individual came out of his home with a loaded 12 gauge shotgun and began walking out into the yard as if he was looking for someone.  When he came into an area where several members of the SERT team were located, they managed to take the man into custody without incident.


This subject was taken to a Springfield Hospital for a mental evaluation.  A probable cause statement along with deputies reports were taken to the Stone County Prosecutor today for formal charges to be filed.


Numerous weapons and ammunitions were taken from the home.