3 charged for allegedly shooting at police car

Kenneth Nelums, Tony Helms

Kenneth Nelums, Tony Helms

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – Three men face charges after allegedly shooting at a patrol vehicle in Seneca, Missouri.

According to the Newton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, on September 12, 2020, a Seneca Police Officer was trying to make a traffic stop on a vehicle. The officer saw a back window open and a flash come from the vehicle. Court documents state that bullets then started hitting the officer’s patrol car.

The vehicle didn’t stop and went through a fence into a field where the occupants were able to evade pursuit, according to the Prosecutor’s office. Authorities later found the vehicle. Inside, they found numerous weapons, spent bullet casings and bullet holes in the tailgate of the vehicle.

Authorities later arrested all three suspects.

The Circuit Court has filed charges against the men for assault in the 1st degree with a special victim, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. The suspects are:

  • Bradley Ray Holmes, Jr., 24, of Miami, Oklahoma
  • Kenneth Cecil Nelums, 59, of Picher, Oklahoma
  • Tony Lucian Helms, 53, of Baxter Springs, Kansas.

The suspects, as of September 14, 2020, are being held without bond on warrants issued by Judge Christine Rhoades of the 40th Judicial Circuit. The Jail had only mugshots of two men available on Monday.

A release from the Prosecutor’s Office states, “The charges contained in the complaints against the defendants are simply accusations and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting these charged must be presented to a jury of the defendants’ peers, and all criminal defendants are innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.”

This case was investigated by the Seneca Police Department and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. The case will be prosecuted by the Newton County Prosecutor’s Office.