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Suspect who has been on the run for almost a year shoots two officers at a gas station

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Update: Two Hermann officers were transported to area hospitals after being shot but one succumbed to his injuries. Detective Sergeant Mason Griffith was identified as the officer killed and the other named officer is said to be in stable condition.

According to News 4, one of the officers was shot in the head and another in the chest. 

Anna Spoerre
The Kansas City Star

Missouri authorities are asking community members to watch for a man suspected of shooting two police officers Sunday night in eastern Missouri.

Kenneth Lee Simpson, 35, allegedly shot two police officers at about 9:19 p.m. Sunday at a Casey’s gas station at 811 Market Street in Hermann, just south of the Missouri River, and between Columbia and St. Louis, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Simpson then fled the scene and barricaded himself in a home just across the street from Casey’s authorities said.

A standoff ensued Sunday night as officers prepared to breach the home.

Authorities believe he could still be armed, according to a blue alert issued by the highway patrol at 9:55 p.m., which signals when an officer has been killed or seriously wounded in the line of duty.

Simpson has red hair, stands at about 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds.

Anyone who sees Simpson is asked to call 911 immediately. According to his criminal records he’s been on the run from authorities since April 2022.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information is released.

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