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Mo. Officer Shoots, Kills Man After Pursuit

March 06, 2014  | 

Gary E. Wenzel was shot and killed by a Bourbon, Mo., officer after a vehicle pursuit. (Photo: Missouri Department of Corrections)
Gary E. Wenzel was shot and killed by a Bourbon, Mo., officer after a vehicle pursuit. (Photo: Missouri Department of Corrections)

A Bourbon, Mo., police officer shot and killed a man Wednesday morning after he eluded police during a pursuit, according to authorities.

The incident happened at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Crawford County. Gary E. Wenzel, 50, was killed, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The Missouri Highway Patrol said a Bourbon police officer tried to stop a black Chevrolet Cavalier in Bourbon after recognizing it as a vehicle that had eluded police in Sullivan during a pursuit. The vehicle did not stop, and the pursuit continued north from Bourbon and into Gasconade County, and then south back into Crawford County.

The pursuit ended at Route J and Fann Road, where the Cavalier crashed and the officer shot Wenzel.

The officer was not hurt. The investigation is continuing.

Tags: Vehicle Pursuits, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Officer Involved Shootings, Bourbon (Mo.) PD, Missouri


Comments (3)

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TERRY F. ZECH @ 3/8/2014 5:31 PM

Sounds like the suspect was one that decided he was not going back to jail no matter what the cost. The officer will be investigated and I am sure vindicated. Stay safe brothers and sisters.

Michelle @ 3/10/2014 2:07 PM

NOOOOOO...What it sounds like is that an unarmed man was shot and killed in cold blooded murder. Man flees cops, cops chase him. Man wrecks car and is shot dead.....

nikki @ 3/12/2014 10:54 AM

As a close friend of gary's I know I would like to know and im sure his family-and many others the details....They sure want to try and make gary out to be this bad person he was one of the nicest, and most caring real true genuine friends I have ever met or had and thats really hard to come by..these days, about his past history has anything to do with this situation and if that's the case its irrelevant nothing on his record ever listed him as armed and dangerous and besides the fact what he did in his past is his past and he payed his dues for that he did his time so whats their point but notice the cops sure are leaving out all details on their end!!! If the situation was flipped they would have made sure to list every little thing....why did the officer initially shoot him in the first place? how many times did he shoot him? why more shots than one??? HE WAS UNARMED!!!! and why a shot that was obviously shoot to kill?!?! well I hope gary wenzel gets justice as well as his family

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