SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield police shot and killed a man about 8 a.m. at a home at 2506 W. Grand St., after going there to serve a search warrant. The police chief said Friday afternoon that several officers were on routine administrative leave while the fatal shooting is investigated.
Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams says Det. Travis Wilson was hit in the right back/hip by a bullet during an exchange of gunfire with the man, who stepped outside the home. Other officers shot and killed the man. Investigators don't know which of several officers shot the man.
Wilson was treated for his wound at a hospital and released. He's recovering at home. The detective was not wearing a protective bulletproof vest. He was wearing a suit, not a police uniform. This is the first time in 16 years that a Springfield police officer was shot.
Officers did not approach the house and the man's body on the lawn for several hours because they were not sure if another shooter was inside. A tactical vehicle moved toward the house. Police searched outbuildings behind the home to make sure no one was in them. They used a robot with a camera in that search. They found no one. Police then secured the scene as part of the investigation.
At least 30 officers were on scene. The neighborhood was blocked off and residents were told to stay inside. A nursing home across the street was locked down to prevent an intruder from entering.
Williams said Friday afternoon that the search warrant is related to an investigation of a string of commercial burglaries in the 3100 block of West Chestnut Expressway.
Before the shooting, police tried to pull over a pickup without license plates that was in the area of the burglaries on Thursday night. The driver fled, Williams said, and police did not pursue it. Police later found the truck crashed in the 700 block of North West Avenue. Police say they followed footsteps in the snow to the house on Grand, which is several blocks away. A witness also told officers that the driver went to the house.
Police found out later that the crashed truck was stolen from a dealer's lot in the 3100 block of West Chestnut Expressway, the scene of the burglaries.
Police surrounded the home on Grand, the chief said, and applied to a judge for a search warrant. That matches the statement of a witness who told a reporter that police had been at the house since about 11:30 p.m.
After getting the warrant, the department's Special Response Team, which serves all search warrants in the city, started their work. A witness told a reporter that police used the bullhorn to say a man should come out with his hands up, and the man hollered back that he hadn't done anything. Police then moved towards the house and the shootout followed.
Some neighbors told a reporter on Friday morning that some shots were fired at the home about an hour before the fatal shootout. Police also told reporters at midday that the man came out once, went back inside, then came out later and started firing, leading to his death. Williams did not mention an earlier round of shots fired during his news conference at 4 p.m.
The home at 2506 W. Grand St. is next to the Grand Villa Community Mobile Home Park but homes in the park are not part of this incident.
Police questioned and released two other people who were in the home during the shootout. They didn't say whether the two people lived at that home or were visiting.
Online records at the Greene County Assessor's Office show the home is owned by Terry Bohmont of Sparta. Other online records show Dusty Bohmont, also known as Dustin Bohmont, has lived in the house. A posting on Dusty Bohmont's Facebook site says he is not the one who was killed.
"I am still alive & kickin' in Springfield. The media made it look like I was a dead man but they're sadly mistaken. I may be stupid but I ain't dumb," the posting says.
Dusty Bohmont, 33, received a seven-year prison sentence in Christian County in November 2007 after being arrested with marijuana in Ozark. He has been out of prison on probation.
In 2002, Dusty Bohmont pleaded guilty in Christian County to unlawful use of a weapon and was put on probation. In 2003, he admitted he violated conditions of his probation by using methamphetamine. and was ordered to serve a three-year prison sentence.
In 2006, according to the online records, Dusty Bohmont was out of prison but twice violated conditions of his parole -- once for leaving the state with permission of his parole officer and then for quitting his job without permission of his parole officer. A judge again ordered him to go back to prison.
A woman with whom Dusty Bohmont has a child sued him for child support, and a Christian County judge this month issued a order for him to appear and show why he isn't in contempt of court for not paying child support. Court records show Bohmont owes $18,452, as of last Dec. 7, and the amount increases by $150 a month.
A copy of that Christian County judge's show-cause order was sent to the Greene County Sheriff's Department on Feb. 15. That order would be served by a sheriff's deputy, however, not by a Springfield police detective.
The last time a Springfield officer was shot was in 1997. Officer Greg Wheelen recovered and still works for the department
According to a search of KY3 News archives, this is at least the third fatal shooting by a Springfield police officer in five years. Both of those shootings were ruled by a prosecutor to be justifiable homicide.
On May 1, 2010, Cpl. James Dougherty, a 14-year veteran of the department, shot Dumone Starks, 22, near the Lamplighter Hotel at the corner of Glenstone Avenue at Sunshine Street. The officer said Starks threatened him with what turned out to be a stolen handgun by cocking the weapon. Starks was shot in the chest. The investigation revealed Starks was legally intoxicated at twice the level that is legal for a driver.
On July 24, 2008, Officer Jeffrey Ferneau shot Donald Gaches at an apartment on East Elm Street while investigating a report about an assault in progress. Before he was shot, Gaches verbally threatened to kill officers and then moved in a threatening manner with a butcher's knife toward officers.