Driver shoots at Wright County deputy during pursuit, two arrested

Published: Feb. 7, 2022 at 11:11 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 8, 2022 at 8:33 AM CST
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NEAR MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. (KY3) - Authorities arrested two people after a driver shot at a Wright County deputy during a pursuit Sunday night.

Police say no one was hurt, but at least one bullet hit the deputy’s patrol car. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has identified Bobby Naylor, 28, of Mountain Grove, and Breanna Wallace, 28, of Norwood, as the suspects.

Charges are pending against Naylor and Wallace. The sheriff’s office says both could face a slate of charges including first-degree assault, armed criminal action and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Authorities arrested Bobby Naylor and Breanna Wallace after a driver shot at a Wright County...
Authorities arrested Bobby Naylor and Breanna Wallace after a driver shot at a Wright County deputy during a pursuit Sunday night.(Wright County Sheriff's Office)

The pursuit began around 11 p.m. Sunday just south of Mountain Grove. Wright County Sheriff Sonny Byerlee said Mountain Grove Police were pulling Naylor over for a broken headlight, but he refused to stop.

When Naylor drove into the county, that’s when Deputy Brown took over. Sheriff Byerlee said Naylor shot at deputy Brown’s vehicle during the pursuit, which continued into Douglas County.

After the deputy lost sight of the vehicle, authorities organized a multi-jurisdiction manhunt to find the vehicle. This manhunt led to two arrests. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Mountain Grove Police Department, Missouri Highway Patrol and the Missouri Department of Conservation assisted with apprehending the two suspects.

“We located the suspect vehicle abandoned in Douglas County,” said Byerley. “We got a call that a male and female were walking down W Highway in Vanzant.”

Naylor already had a warrant out for his arrest and has been in trouble with the law in Wright County prior to Sunday.

”We can’t suspect why he was running over a warrant,” said Byerley. “Normally he goes into custody without incident, but this time it wasn’t the same story.”

Deputy Brown is currently on paid administrative leave for a couple of days and is undergoing evaluation.

“With the rise in violence in our state, it’s kind of scary. Not many people want to get into this profession anymore,” said Byerley. “I commend the officers that are walking the line and protecting our citizens.”

An investigation into the shots fired is underway. Additional details are limited. We will update as more information becomes available.

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