FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Springfield Police Department was dispatched to a rolling disturbance at about 6:30 p.m. that initially started on northbound 65. It was reported that an unknown suspect in a vehicle had threatened a victim in another vehicle with a weapon and then fired multiple shots at that vehicle. The victim was not injured. The suspect then began traveling westbound on I-44. Police located the suspect vehicle near I-44 and Kansas Expressway when it turned to go return eastbound on I-44. Police made a car stop on the suspect vehicle just east of Glenstone on I-44 when they heard a gunshot and saw the suspect’s car window break. There was a brief standoff, and the SPD’s Special Response Team responded to the scene with the Bearcat. All east and westbound lanes of I-44 were closed for approximately 45 minutes. Officers then determined that the suspect was deceased due to an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. Both westbound lanes and one eastbound lane has reopened as the investigation continues.
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Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer