MO Detective Killed, Officer Wounded in Store Shooting

The suspect was taken into custody Monday afternoon by a police tactical team that used a robot, a drone, flash-bangs, and tear gas.

Hermann, MO, police Detective Sgt. Mason Griffith was killed Sunday night in a shooting at a local convenience store.Hermann, MO, police Detective Sgt. Mason Griffith was killed Sunday night in a shooting at a local convenience store.Photo: Hermann PD

A Hermann, MO, police detective was killed and an officer was wounded in a shooting at a local convenience store Sunday night. A suspect was captured Monday afternoon.

Hermann Detective Sgt. Mason Griffith died at a hospital after being shot just before 9:30 p.m., the Missouri Highway Patrol announced early Monday.

A second officer—Adam Sullentrup—was wounded. He was in serious condition at a local hospital Monday, troopers said.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that suspect Kenneth Lee Simpson, 35, of St. Louis County was taken into custody Monday afternoon by a police tactical team that used a robot, a drone, flash-bang grenades, and tear gas. He reportedly fled from the scene of the shooting to a house on foot.

Simpson has a lengthy criminal record including drugs and weapons offenses, according to the paper.

Police would not say what led to the shooting.

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