Prosecutor: Officer-Involved Shooting Legally Justified

By KOLR10 News

Published 08/05 2014 03:14PM

Updated 08/05 2014 06:54PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Police action involved in a deadly shooting in May has been deemed legally justified by the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson.

On May 13, Springfield Police and Greene County deputies were called to a storage facility on W. Sunshine St. where two men reported a woman was shooting at them.

When officers arrived to the scene, they found Tracey Liniger, 50, of Springfield, inside the storage facility office refusing to exit.

Police say when Liniger did exit the office she pointed a weapon at officers.

Officers Jason Bohannon and Marc Stevens of the Springfield Police Department and Deputy Justin Adamson and Sergeant Robert Pounds of the Greene County Sheriff's Office fired at Liniger. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prosecuting Attorney Patterson outlined his decision in this case in a letter to Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott and Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams.

The full letter is available on the link above.

According to the Patterson, the incident began when two men, Daniel Birkenfeld and Tracy Hester, went to A & A Mini Storage in Springfield.

Birkenfeld honked his horn to try to get the office worker at the storage units to open the gate. Liniger exited the office and appeared to be angry, agitated and intoxicated, according to Patterson.

Liniger walked to Birkenfeld's vehicle and asked for a hug. Birkenfeld tried to ignore the woman, but she reached into the vehicle and grabbed him by his neck.

Birkenfeld pleaded with Liniger to let him go and open the gate. Liniger walked back to the office.

Hester tried to open the gate himself, and, when that did not work, he went to the office door and knocked. Liniger answered and asked Hester for a hug. After Hester hugged her, he walked back to the car.

Liniger exited the office with a handgun and demanded a hug from Birkenfeld. Birkenfeld hugged Liniger, but Hester got Liniger's attention and Birkenfeld tried to call police. When Liniger saw this, she shot the vehicle's tire and began shooting round in the air and on the ground.

Birkenfeld ran away, climbed over a barbed wire fence and took shelter in the KADI radio station. A station employee called 911.

Hester tried to calm Liniger down, but she offered him $1,000 to kill her. The woman became increasingly agitated and shot the vehicle again. Hester offered Liniger another hug, and while the two hugged, he grabbed the gun and threw it over the fence.

As Liniger maneuvered through the fence to get the gun, Hester ran to the radio station to seek cover.

Liniger was in the storage unit office when police arrived.

After a 25-minute standoff with police, Liniger exited the office and pointed the gun at officers. That's when Pounds, Adamson, Stevens, and Bohannon all fired their weapons at Liniger.

According to the Greene County Medical Examiner, Liniger died as a result of gunshot wounds to the torso.

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