Man dead, wife and kids rescued after police standoff in Jefferson County


by Brendan Marks /

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 5:08 AM

Updated Monday, May 12 at 3:07 PM

(KMOV) – A man shot and killed himself during a standoff with police after threatening to shoot his wife at their home in De Soto, Mo. late Sunday night.

De Soto police say they received a call from a woman whose 25-year-old daughter told her her husband had a loaded gun and threatened to shoot her at their home in the 700 block of S. Fifth St. around 9:50 p.m. Two children, ages 1 and 2, were inside the house at the time.

About 10 minutes later, a Hillsboro police officer saw a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The officer pulled the vehicle over and discovered the driver was the father of the woman being threatened.

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Authorities made contact with the woman, who told them she and her children had barricaded themselves in a downstairs bedroom with her husband upstairs.

De Soto police and Jefferson County Sheriffs then set up a perimeter around the home and heard a single gunshot from inside the house.

The Hillsboro officer directed the woman to open up a bedroom window and take off the screen. She then handed the children out the window before climbing out to safety.

A Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department tactical team entered the home around 1:30 a.m. and found the 27-year-old suspect in an upstairs bedroom dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

Police say he had been under a doctor’s car for a mental illness.

The incident is still under investigation.