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Laclede County Deputy Involved in Overnight Shooting

LACLEDE COUNTY, Mo. -- A Laclede County Deputy shot and killed a Laclede County man just before 5 p.m. Thursday.

Nikolas Wanner, 32, was intoxicated and threatening to commit suicide while in possession of firearms when the Laclede County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene, according to the Sheriff's press release.

The deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene after receiving a 911 call from Wanner's mother.

Before shooting Wanner, deputies attempted to negotiate with him to exit his home without a weapon. The deputies then set up a perimeter around the home. Wanner only refused the deputies' negotiations, according to the release.

At about 7 p.m. the suspect exited the back of the home with two rifles and a handgun.

A deputy, Brad Snellen, covering the back door told the suspect to drop the rifle Wanner was hold at the time, but Wanner pointed the rifle at the deputy.

The deputy then fired one round from a 12 guage shotgun, striking Wanner.

Wanner died after being transported by Mercy EMS, according to the release.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control is conducting an investigation.

Snellen, a deputy since March 2016, has been placed on administrative leave.


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