(Greene County, Mo.--02/01/18) The Greene County Sheriff's Office launched a search today for an armed suspect connected to an early morning house break-in and shooting.
James Craigmyle, Public Relations Coordinator, with the Greene County's Sheriff Office says that around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, authorities responded to a residence just north of Springfield in the 4600 block of North Farm Road 141.
"Homeowner had arrived at his house this morning observed a mail in his yard. He didn’t know what the male was doing at his house," explains Craigmyle.
Authorities say the homeowner arrived home to find a pickup truck parked in his driveway and a male suspect standing in his front yard. The burglar reportedly shot at the homeowner, but missed. No injuries were reported.
"The male left and took off in a red Dodge pickup truck and took off. The homeowner got in his vehicle as well and was following the male suspect whenever the male suspect turned around and shot from his moving vehicle at the homeowner."
Craigmyle says the homeowner followed the suspect in his truck as he was giving the dispatcher the license plate and a vehicle description.
"It is property, it is something you can usually get back, or usually purchase again. Your life isn’t worth chasing somebody after and getting shot or getting in a wreck."
That's where authorities found the truck at the Fairvue Place Apartments on Norton Road. Deputies quickly set up a perimeter around the area and conducted an extensive search, including the use of a K9 to attempt to track, but the suspect was not located. The homeowner ended the chase and returned home to find he had been burglarized.
"Items were stolen, those items we were able to recover from the truck, we have the truck in our possession now and we’re obtaining video footage from Fairvue Studios and surrounding areas up there and hopefully will be able to use that footage to go find the suspect."