Shooting suspect dead after standoff on South U.S. 65
An armed suspect is dead following a chase and shooting Wednesday afternoon, June 1, near the MoDOT maintenance shed on South U.S. Highway 65, according to Saline County Sheriff Wally George.
Dead is Ty C. Arnold, 28, who was sought by law enforcement officials in connection with the shooting death of his wife in St. Joseph earlier Wednesday.
The incident began shortly before 4 p.m., when local law enforcement officials were alerted by Lafayette County officials that Arnold was spotted driving a dark blue 1999 Ford pickup truck on I-70 headed east, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol news release.
Troopers and Lafayette County deputies attempted to stop Arnold at 3:48 p.m., but Arnold turned south on U.S. 65, drove into the median to avoid spike strips set up by another trooper, and fled northbound.
Arnold fired several shots at officers from his vehicle and continued firing as he headed north of I-70, according to the report.
"The suspect fired several rounds, indiscriminately, from his vehicle," said MSHP spokesman Sgt. Bill Lowe. "Three subjects, who were in the area at the time of the shooting, were injured as a result of Arnold firing at the officers."
A motorist passing the scene called The Marshall Democrat-News and reported seeing an apparent gunshot victim laying beside the road just north of the junction.
All three were transported by air ambulance to area hospitals, two to Columbia and one to Sweet Springs.
A number of squad cars were struck by bullets during the incident.
According to emergency radio traffic, there was a brief standoff with the subject near the MoDOT maintenance barn less than a mile north of the junction. Arnold then returned to his vehicle, which was parked on the shoulder when George arrived on the scene.
George said he and Deputy Brad O'Neill approached the vehicle and observed the suspect was not moving. They verified that the suspect had been shot and was dead, but George said it was not possible to determine whether he was hit by law enforcement or took his own life. The man had an automatic pistol and a semi-automatic rifle in the vehicle with him, George said.
Lowe said an autopsy would be performed on Arnold Thursday, June 2.
George said shortly before 6 p.m. he turned the investigation over to the MSHP Division of Drug and Crime Control. The incident involves multiple agencies in at least three counties, he said, and would require more resources to investigate than he has available.
Marshall police stopped traffic on U.S. 65 for some time while the injured were removed and officers investigated the scene. A motorist reported at about 6 p.m. that northbound traffic was stopped and was backed up to I-70. Southbound traffic was moving slowly.