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CAPTURED: Webster County authorities arrest man wanted on several warrants

Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 1:54 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2022 at 4:45 PM CST
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MARSHFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Webster County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man wanted for several warrants after a manhunt Wednesday.

Bradley Southard faces several warrants including vehicle theft, burglary, and probation violations. Authorities captured him Wednesday night.

One person near all the action describes what they saw.

“Well, my mom called and told me to drive well, so we don’t get pulled over by cops, and around then we heard what was going on,” said Shawn Cantrull, who worked nearby the action. “We all come together and help everybody out really.”

David Roderick, a man who has lived in the area for more than 30 years, said Southard was found on his property with a flurry of police.

“I guess I was kind of in the middle of the manhunt,” said Roderick. “I wasn’t shocked because I’ve never been in a situation like that before in my life.”

Webster County Sheriffs Office said this all started on Sunday afternoon when there was a call for a disturbance. Webster County deputies arrived to find a stolen vehicle. They find out the suspect in the theft, Southard is inside. Deputies then have a brief struggle and Southard runs off.

Webster County Captain Mark Chamberlain said they saw Southard in Marshfield and a pursuit started and he evaded deputies.

Later that morning Webster County deputies spotted Southard again, pursued him until he went on foot, and stole a truck where he crashed.

“The suspect lost control of the truck slammed into the guardrail,” said Captain Chamberlain. “He was able to flee the vehicle again, another foot pursuit started. At which time, the suspect ran into a heavily-wooded area.”

Roderick says he wasn’t home when he got the call police had to be on his property.

“My biggest worry was to make sure my daughter-in-law was alright and the kids in the house,” said Roderick.

Roderick said police lined his driveway.

“It was a light up like a Christmas tree red and blues all the way down,” said Roderick.

The Webster County Sheriff’s Office requested a plane from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and K9 units from Laclede County to assist.

Authorities were unable to find the suspect until later that night at a different location nearby. An anonymous tip from Facebook led to the arrest.

Detective Chris Brown, with the Webster County Sheriff’s Office, said social media is a great tool in finding suspects.

“Everybody has social media, everybody,” said Brown. “Everybody has Facebook, even though they don’t post on it. Everybody has Facebook and they look at it.”

Roderick said he is happy the community stuck together.

“I’m glad we have a community like we’ve got, everybody trying to stick together to make it a safe place to live,” said Roderick.

The Webster County Sheriff’s Office thanked the public for keeping an eye out for Southard.

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