SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The standoff on West Edward street is over after nearly three hours that started with gunfire and ended with the suspect taking his own life.
This afternoon Missouri State University called the Greene County Sheriff’s Office about a 48-year-old man who attended the University.
Greene County Sheriff’s then confronted the male at his home and the suspect fired warning shots.
Nearby homes were evacuated safely.
Sheriff Jim Arnott tells us the male ended his life inside his home. It is typically not our policy to cover suicides but there was a large first responder presence in this neighborhood.
“As you seen we took a lot of precaution, I was very concerned about the threats,” Arnott said. “Which is why basically evacuated a two-block area of people who couldn’t back into their houses until now.”
Sheriff Arnott says people can now go back into their homes, and one witness, Patty Kaegel, says she can’t believe what she saw.
“I’m kinda in shock, I think probably a lot of the people here are. I mean you see this many officers in one place it… yeah,” Keagel said.
According to the Greene County Sheriffs Office, the standoff has ended and police are now clearing the scene.
A 48-year-old man that was inside the home is now deceased after shooting himself.
The police are still investigating.
According to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, what we now know is a standoff on West Edward St. started with a requested well-being check.
A Facebook post from GCSO (below) says officers responded to check on what they were told was a potentially suicidal student.
When officers arrived they were met with gunfire.
GREENE COUNTY, Mo.– A large number of Springfield Police officers and Greene County Sheriff’s deputies are present on West Edward Street, just off of Farm Road 135 south of Springfield’s city limits.
There’s no word yet on what the authorities are there for, but Ozarks First crews on the scene are reporting it is a sizable gathering of officers.
This is a developing story.