A police officer in Missouri was killed during a motel shootout early Thursday. The incident also left another officer injured while a gunman was also killed, according to authorities.
Missouri Highway Patrol Cpl. Dallas Thompson told reporters who were at the scene that two police officers from Bonne Terre had been dispatched to respond to a disturbance call at a Motel 6 located off Highway K just before 12:30 in the morning.
As the two officers approached the room where the reported disturbance allegedly took place, a man later identified as James Emory, left the room, opened fire at the two officers, hitting them both, as per a FOX2 St. Louis report. The two police officers returned fire, which led to Emory’s death.
“Being a smaller town, a smaller police department, this is going to hit hard in their community for the days to come,” Thompson said.
The wounded police officer has been identified as Garrett Worley, 28. He suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was airlifted to St. Louis Hospital where he had to undergo surgery. He has been serving as part of the police force for 7 years.
The police officer who died was identified as Lane Burns. Burns was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after he was hit with multiple gunshots, but he later succumbed to his injuries.
Burns, who was in his early 30s, had been serving on the force for around 5 years. He is survived by his fiancee and a 9-year-old daughter.
Further details about the incident and the nature of the disturbance call were not immediately provided.
Currently, the Missouri Highway Patrol is still investigating what happened.
Bonne Terre is situated around 50 miles southwest of St. Louis.