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Police arrest second man wanted for officer-involved shooting in east Springfield, Mo.

Published: May. 18, 2021 at 4:05 PM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 9:27 AM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Police arrested a second man in connection to an officer-involved shooting outside an east Springfield convenience store.

Officers responded outside the Kum and Go near U.S. 65 and Kearney around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to question someone wanted. Investigators say shots were fired at officers. Then officers fired back, hitting one of them. That man is hospitalized with injuries considered non-life-threatening.

Some shoppers were caught in the crossfire.

“I came out of the store and got in the truck. I heard some yelling. Then all of a sudden we were hearing gunshots,” shopper Al Digiandomenico said. “And I looked over and I saw an officer standing up facing my direction, saying something, I couldn’t make it out because there were gunshots firing at the same time.”

The second suspect sped away from the gas station in a truck, police say. Officers tracked the man to a motel nearby the convenience store. Police believed the man escaped to an area around I-44 and Glenstone. Police searched the area for several hours without locating him.

Some officers stayed at the motel during the night. They saw the man walk out of a room Wednesday morning. They took him to the hospital to be treated for a wound to the neck. Police say he may have been grazed by a bullet.

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