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Missouri State Police investigating rural Ralls County officer-involved shooting

New information Wednesday night about what prompted a Tri-State deputy to shoot a woman. It happened just before 11:30 Tuesday night in Ralls County, Missouri off of Spencer Creek lane. Investigators said the woman is still hospitalized. Her condition is unknown.

Highway patrol said four Ralls County deputies, and a New London police officer responded to a call about a “distraught woman”. Once they arrived, shots rang out.

“Last night, around 11:25, on July the 2nd, we had troopers on duty overheard a report of shots fired in Ralls County, he responded to assist with the incident. During that incident. The Ralls County sheriff’s office was involved in an encounter with an armed female,” said Sgt. Eric brown with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Sgt. Brown said the incident happened in rural Ralls County off Spencer Creek lane, East of Beaver road.

“During that incident, shots were fired. The female was injured. She sustained some serious injuries and was life-flighted to a hospital in St. Louis,” said Sgt. Brown, adding that the woman was the only person shot.

“Two deputies that were on the scene were also injured and treated at an area hospital, then released,” said Sgt. Brown.

Highway patrol investigators said they can’t let the public know much more about what happened, such as the name or age of the suspect or the deputies involved.

“It is a criminal incident. Due to those circumstances, we can’t release any more information at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation and the individuals involved in it as well,” said Sgt. Brown adding that the investigation is just getting underway and will likely pick up pace after the holiday.

“To properly complete this investigation, [they need to] interview the officers involved in the shooting and the officers at the scene that would be considered witnesses and obviously the suspect as well,” said Sgt. Brown.

State Police said they’ll likely have more information early next week.

WGEM news reached out to the Ralls County Sheriff’s Office, they declined to comment and referred us to the highway patrol. The state division of drug and crime control is now investigating this case.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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