Authorities identify 2 people killed in an officer-involved shooting in Christian County
OZARK, Mo. (KY3) - Investigators say two people died in an officer-involved shooting in Christian County on Saturday morning. Timothy W. Shafer, 37, and Donna M. Bailey, 23, died in the incident.
The incident began as officers attempted a traffic stop in Ozark of a suspected drunken driver near U.S. 65 and State Highway 14 around 3 a.m. The driver, Shafer, did not stop. The Ozark Police Department officer did not pursue the vehicle. Investigators say the officer relayed the information to the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.
Christian County deputies located the driver in the Highlandville area and attempted a traffic stop. Investigators say Shafer did not stop, and a pursuit was initiated. Christian County deputies performed a tactical vehicle intervention maneuver after investigators said the driver attempted to run over a deputy. Investigators say the suspects would not comply with orders to get out of the vehicle. They say Shafer appeared out of the driver’s side window with a firearm. Officers from the Christian County Sheriff’s Officer, Nixa Police Department, and the Ozark Police Department fired their weapons, hitting and killing both.
The Sheriff’s Critical Incident Team (SCIT) is investigating the incident. The SCIT includes the sheriffs of Greene County, Christian County, Webster County, and Lawrence County.
Authorities closed part of State Highway CC as they investigated the incident.
An eyewitness captured a video of the final moments of the incident as she filled her vehicle with gas on her way to work.
“It was a shock to me. You know, I kind of thought it was a high-speed chase. And I was like, wow, you know, that’s not something you see every day. And that’s when I got my phone out,” said eyewitness Carry May. “My first thought was, I hope it ends okay.”
She says she’s praying for the officers involved and the families of those killed.
“Did they make a poor decision? Yes, they did. Does it mean that they were bad people, not necessarily,” May said, “I would pray for them too because losing a child or a son or a brother or you know a daughter? It isn’t easy. It’s not. I’ve never had to experience that. And I don’t ever wish I do.”
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