Camdenton grocery store robbery suspect found shot during standoff with police

CAMDENTON, Mo. -- The man police say robbed a Camdenton grocery story on Sunday shot himself during a stand off with officers late Monday night.

According to the Camdenton Police Department, officers were called to the Gerbes Supermarket Sunday afternoon for an armed robbery. Police say a man jumped the pharmacy counter with a gun and stole several hundred prescription pills and left.

Officers identified the suspect as 28-year-old Clayton G. Phillips, and obtained a search warrant for his home and truck.

With the help of the Camden County Sheriff's Office and Highway Patrol Swat Team, officers executed the search warrant at the suspect's home on Prairie Hollow Road Monday night.

Camdenton Police Chief Laura Wright says when officers arrived, one person did leave the home before Phillips barricaded himself in.

Officers then heard a single gunshot. When they entered the home, they found Phillips with a gunshot wound to the head. No one else was in the home at the time.

The man was taken to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

As of 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, police say Phillips is in critical condition at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.

"This appears to be yet another tragic event in the opioid crisis," Chief Wright said in a news release. "Regardless of his actions our compassion goes out to the family at this difficult time."