Police officers in Missouri often put their lives at risk in order to protect others. As a result, when an incident results in the death or injury of an officer, answers are demanded, and a desire to make an arrest is strong, even when there is little evidence indicating what happened. Unfortunately, a man was recently arrested, charged with murder, following the death of an officer.
The incident that allegedly led to the man's arrest happened on a day in early August. Reports indicate that the now-deceased officer pulled over a 39-year-old man, reportedly for a registration violation. However, police claim that the man shot the officer who was able to return fire and shoot the suspect.
The man reportedly fled the scene in the vehicle but abandoned it and continued on foot after becoming involved in a crash. Approximately 48 hours later, he was taken into custody after someone reportedly recognized him walking down the side of the road. He was arrested, treated at a hospital and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, armed criminal action and first-degree murder.
When a person's arrest involves allegations that he or she was involved in the murder of a police officer, the defendant may be especially concerned about ensuring lawful treatment throughout proceedings. Unfortunately, many people in Missouri do not have the necessary legal knowledge to recognize when their rights have been violated or know how to properly respond to a rights violation. As a result, they seek guidance from an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Source: wreg.com, "Suspect accused of killing Missouri officer charged with murder", Eryn Taylor, Aug. 9, 2017