Armed man in custody after shootout with deputies in Christian County

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OZARK, Mo. – An armed man attempted to steal a vehicle at a residence in Ozark around noon on Tuesday.

The man began by stealing a truck from a convenience store in Taney County and driving to Ozark where he then abandoned the vehicle.

He then attempted to steal another vehicle from a homeowner in Ozark at gunpoint.

The homeowner called 911 and the theft was unsuccessful, with the man running into the woods.

Christian County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the scene around noon and began to search for the armed man.

Greene County Deputies, Webster County Deputies, Stone County Deputies, Missouri State Highway Patrol Officers, and the Springfield Police Department assisted Christian County deputies search for the subject.

Patrol Troop D spokesman Sgt. Mike McClure said a plane has been brought out to aid in the search after a canine was unable to locate the man in the vicinity of Covered Bridge Drive, a county road that connects with Selmore Road south of Ozark.

At about 3:30 p.m., officers received a 911 call in which a person claimed to have seen a person matching the suspect’s description crossing Elk Valley Road.

Deputies in the area responded and spotted the suspect, who then began to fire at the deputies, hitting one of the deputy’s vehicles.

The man then barricaded himself inside a garage building and officers called for him to come out.

When deputies surrounded the building, the suspect fired several shots, hitting one of the deputies in the neck.

The deputy was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.

The Greene County SWAT Team then arrived on the scene and released gas into the garage at the instruction of the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect surrendered and came out of the building. He is in Christian County Sheriff’s Office custody.

A small fire began in the garage building, which the Christian County Fire Department quickly controlled with little fire damage to the building.

The road is expected to be closed for several more hours while investigators survey the scene and collect evidence.

The Christian County Sheriff says that because of the number of bullets fired, the scene will likely not be clear for several hours.

There are, however, several routes drivers can take to avoid the active investigation scene.

Several people who would have been in harm’s way during the firefight were evacuated and were able to get to safety.

Patrol Troop D spokesman Sgt. Mike McClure said a plane has been brought out to aid in the search after a canine was unable to locate the man in the vicinity of Covered Bridge Drive, a county road that connects with Selmore Road south of Ozark.

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