Officer fires shot after suspect allegedly rams police car
MONETT, Mo. — Two police officers are on administrative leave after firing shots at a suspect in Monett, Missouri. The suspect allegedly drove toward an off-duty officer and later rammed a police car injuring two other officers.
On Monday, September 23rd around 11:00 pm, Monett Police Officers went to the 700 block of Euclid. Authorities say an off-duty officer had located a suspect in vehicle break-ins and called 911.
Before uniformed officers got there, the suspect allegedly sped up in a red compact pickup toward the off-duty officer who fired his weapon one time, hitting the truck. Authorities say the shot did not cause injury to the suspect.
Police say the truck sped off and then encountered a marked Monett Police vehicle in the 300 block of North Lincoln.
Two officers inside the police vehicle recognized that the red pickup matched the description of the suspect vehicle. Officers stopped their car in the roadway with emergency lights and siren on. The suspect then allegedly rammed the patrol car injuring both officers.
The Monett Police Department says one officer fired his duty weapon one time, hitting the suspect vehicle causing no injury to the driver.
The crash disabled both police and suspect vehicles. Police arrested the suspect, a 21-year-old Monett resident, without further incident.
Medical staff cleared the suspect and took him to the Monett Justice Center Jail. The officers were treated and released for minor injuries from the crash.
The Monett Police Department says two officers are placed on administrative leave following the incident, allowing for a full investigation.
Authorities say “no further information will be released until the conclusion of the investigation and Prosecuting Attorney’s review.”
Official charges have not been filed at this time.
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