Missouri Officer Shot While Trying To Stop Suspect With Warrant Out

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According to the Clay County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Office, a suspect who shot at two Excelsior Springs police officers Saturday night has died.

A suspect with a warrant for assault on a law enforcement officer was spotted by Excelsior Springs officers around 5 p.m. at a Price Chopper near Kearney and Crown Hill roads. According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect is 64-year-old Carl Carrel.

According to the sheriff’s office, officers attempted to stop Carrel in the parking lot, but he pulled out onto Kearney Road.

In an attempt to stop the suspect, two police vehicles boxed him in, one in front and one behind.

At that point, the suspect fired at the officer in the vehicle in front of him, striking the officer in the shoulder and wrist. The officer in the vehicle behind shot back at the suspect, hitting him in the head.

“You know, this is a horrible day for the suspect’s family and loved ones, too. No officer ever wants to be forced to do that. They don’t want to have to use force like that. They don’t want to have to hurt someone in their community. Based on our initial investigation, it appears that the situation was life-or-death,” said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Boyd.

It is believed that the officer will require more surgeries and remains in stable condition, according to the sheriff’s office.

This year has been a particularly bad year for police officers getting shot in the line of duty. The defund narrative and everything it stands for has emboldened violent criminals and hurt law enforcement staffing and morale is most departments.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Sheriff’s office says suspect who shot an Excelsior Springs officer has died, suspect identified – KMBC Kansas City
  2. Excelsior Springs police officer expected to survive after being shot – KCTV 5
  3. Suspect in Excelsior Springs shooting involving an officer dead – WDAF
  4. Excelsior Springs suspect dies following shooting involving police – KSHB
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