Officers arrest man wanted for shooting state trooper, deputy in Carter County

CARTER COUNTY, Mo. -- Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers arrested a man wanted for shooting a trooper and a Carter County deputy Friday morning.

Corporal Dallas Thompson says the suspect is James D. Cummings, 31 of Van Buren surrendered just before 5 p.m.. Law enforcement surrounded a home with Cummings inside for much of Friday.

Investigators say he got into a shootout with a deputy and a trooper serving an eviction notice. Carter County Deputy Brigg Pierson suffered gunshot wounds to the leg, groin and chest. He is hospitalized in St. Louis. Trooper Caleb McCoy suffered gunshot wounds in the shoulder and his protective vest.

The shooting happened off of Route M Friday morning. Carter County is two hours east of Springfield.

The Missouri Highway Patrol's bomb squad is searching the house.