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Mo. officer fatally shot, another wounded by man at gas station; suspect in standoff

By Robert A. Cronkleton and Anna Spoerre
The Kansas City Star

HERMAN, Mo. — A police officer was killed and another seriously injured in a shooting Sunday night in eastern Missouri, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Detective Sgt. Mason Griffith died from injuries sustained in the shooting that occurred about 9:20 p.m. Sunday at a Casey’s gas station at 811 Market Street in Hermann, Missouri, which is along the Missouri River, between Columbia and St. Louis.

The other officer remains in serious, but stable condition at a hospital, the highway patrol said. A manhunt was underway for the suspect who was identified as Kenneth Lee Simpson, 35

The highway patrol issued a blue alert, which signals when an officer has been seriously wounded or killed in the line of duty.

At the time of the alert, the highway patrol said Simpson was either on foot or in a 2014 black Jeep Wrangler with Missouri license plate RF5A0P.

He was described as 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds. He has red hair and hazel eyes. He was wearing a black baseball hat, black long sleeve shirt, black or dark pants and tan boots. Authorities believed he was armed.

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