No charges will be forthcoming for two Chillicothe police officers who were involved in an incident while attempting to execute a felony arrest warrant on an individual at a residence on Broadway Street Friday evening.
No charges will be forthcoming for two Chillicothe police officers who were involved in an incident while attempting to execute a felony arrest warrant on an individual at a residence on Broadway Street Friday evening. Livingston County Prosecuting Attorney Adam Warren issued a statement Wednesday afternoon. “After reviewing the reports, scene photographs, video and other evidence gathered by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, I have no doubt whatsoever, that the use of force by Officers Jon Maples and Jacob Peterson, of the Chillicothe Police Department, on Friday, August 18, 2017, was lawful and justified.” The prosecutor stated that no charges will be forthcoming for either officer. According to standard procedure, both officers had been placed on administrative leave since the incident, according to Police Chief Rick Knouse. The chief stated that when attempting to serve the warrant, the officers were allowed access into the residence and made contact with the subject who was armed with a handgun. The subject, identified as a white male, allegedly shot at the officers and the officers then returned fire with two bullets striking the subject in the abdomen and forearm, Knouse said. An approximate four-hour standoff ensued before Knouse, with assistance from Livingston County Coroner Scott Lindley, was able to initiate actions which resulted in the subject’s arrest. The injuries to the subject were considered minor and not life-threatening, the chief stated. The subject was transported to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment. The police officers were not wounded in the exchange of gunfire. The chief stated that in an effort to maintain transparency in the details of the incident, he personally and immediately requested that the shooting be investigated by the Division of Drug and Crime Control from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Knouse stated that the subject had taken off a leg monitor that had been required from a prior incident in Johnson County, Kan., involving the subject and police in a hostage situation. Warren stated that there is an active investigation regarding the involved subject. He would not comment further on the evidence. “The officers should be commended for their bravery, for their restraint, and for their obvious concern for human life and basic decency,” Warren stated.