A fatal shooting was followed by a massive manhunt in Rolla Thursday night. About three hours after the murder, the armed and dangerous suspect was arrested.
When Phelps County officers arrived at a home on Private Drive 7136 just outside of Rolla, the victim, 57 year old Richard Finnell was already deceased.
"Waited until they came home, according to the report I have, then he confronted them with a firearm," says Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney John Beger.
Investigators believe 60 year old David Lundin broke into the home through a window and used the female homeowner's shotgun to commit the crime, then walked away with the gun in hand.
Captain Rick Hope of the Phelps County Sheriff's Department says, "What it told us was that committing such a serious crime like that and then taking a weapon with you, you may harm somebody else, and that was our concern."
About 80 officers from Phelps County, Rolla and Missouri State Highway Patrol began a massive search for Lundin.
Rolla resident Breanna Hill says, "I got on my phone, and then I got on Facebook, and I just saw like a whole bunch of posts like there's a murderer on the loose. I looked to see who was posting it to see if they were just joking around, and I went and told my mom about it."
Around 8:40 PM, witnesses in a neighborhood in the 1200 block of Winchester Drive called 911, saying they had seen a suspicious man on foot, with a gun. Officers responded and found Lundin behind one of the houses along a walking trail.
"I looked outside, and there was cops like all down the street," says Hill.
Hope says, "The law enforcement coming together as a team and apprehending this suspect the way they did in the short amount of time, to me, is just amazing."
David Lundin is charged with first degree murder and is being held without bond. He has an extensive criminal history including armed robbery and forcible rape.