SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Springfield Police say they were called to respond to a disturbance and reports of an intoxicated person in the parking lot of a restaurant Thursday night, at 9:38 p.m.
Lieutenant Mark Foos says officers were called to 1724 E. Battlefield, which is the address of Downing Street Pour House, in the shopping center behind Olive Garden and Barnes and Noble. Police say there were reports the person was causing a disturbance.
Lt. Foos told OzarksFirst witnesses said the man ran to his car, then walked East through the parking lot behind Barnes and Noble. Officers made contact with him on the east side of the Barnes and Noble building. Foos says officers were warned the man might be armed.
Then, police say, officers and the man exchanged gunfire. A Greene County Parks officer was hurt. Two Springfield Police officers fired back, shooting and killing the man. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Police say they believe the man was trying to leave the scene or get away from officers when the gunfire exchange happened.
Greene County Parks officers patrol that area and will help if needed in threatening situations, according to Foos. The Greene County Parks officer who was shot has non-life-threatening injuries and is in stable condition.
Lt. Foos said Southbound and Northbound Glenstone Avenue would be closed between Battlefield Road and Montclair Street while officers investigate. There is no timeline for when the road will reopen.
Officers put businesses in the area on lockdown. Lt. Foos said any officer who was available responded to the scene. Our crew spotted at least 20 police cars at the scene around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
Foos says many of the officers involved were wearing body cameras. Investigators will be looking at surveillance videos from businesses in the area.
Police have not released information about the suspect such as age or his name. We will continue to update you as we learn more.