Man Arrested, Guns and Drugs Seized After 3-County Chase

By Matt Lupoli |

Published 03/16 2014 01:33PM

Updated 03/16 2014 10:52PM

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- A Kansas City man was arrested after threatening his own life with a gun following a police pursuit and standoff in Southwest Missouri.

Donald Heckman, 47, is being held on $100,000 bond. He faces charges of resisting arrest and the unlawful use of a firearm.

Pulaski County Sheriff Ronald Long said in a news release that Heckman led a high-speed pursuit early Saturday morning that stretched through Laclede, Webster and Pulaski County.

Deputies said a tractor-trailer driver called authorities after Heckman pointed a pistol at him on Interstate 44.

Several law enforcement agencies assisted in the pursuit, which at times reached 135 miles per hour, according to the release. It ended near Waynesville at Red Oak Lane after a State Trooper deployed a vehicle disabling device.

A two-hour standoff ensued when Heckman allegedly threatened his own life with two firearms. Deputies used a stun gun to subdue Heckman and place him into custody. Deputies seized multiple firearms and narcotics, which are believed to be methamphetamine and marijuana, from the suspect vehicle.

The suspect and a Laclede County deputy both received minor injuries in the incident, but neither were hospitalized.

Deputies said additional charges could be filed Monday.

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