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Friend of man shot, killed by officers in O'Fallon: 'He's an awesome guy'

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Officers from multiple departments are searching for Richard Heeter, 61, who allegedly opened fire on several deputies who were responding to a call of ‘shots fired’ on the 2300 block of Circle Drive. By Sarah Heath Officers from multiple departments are searching for Richard Heeter, 61, who allegedly opened fire on several deputies who were responding to a call of ‘shots fired’ on the 2300 block of Circle Drive. By Sarah Heath
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O’FALLON, Mo.(KMOV.com) – The friend of a man shot and killed by police officers was awoken Wednesday by SWAT officers asking him to surrender.

Randy Jarvis said Richard Heeter, who was shot and killed after opening fire on two St. Charles County deputies Wednesday morning, was at his home Tuesday night having a few beers.

Jarvis said Heeter asked to spend the night at his home. Jarvis told Heeter he could sleep outside in his car in the driveway.

Jarvis said he was unaware that at some point Wednesday night, Heeter came back to his home and parked his car in the driveway again.

Jarvis said he heard a gunshot Tuesday night, but didn’t think anything of it and went to bed about 10 minutes later.

He said around 1 a.m., he heard someone say “Richard Heeter, come out of the house with your hands up” and thought he was dreaming.

Jarvis heard it again, got up and realized SWAT teams had surrounded his home. He got his mom – Jarvis lives at her house - out of bed because she is disabled and cannot walk.

Jarvis said officers had to carry her out. 

Police questioned Jarvis about Heeter’s car in the driveway, but he insisted he had no idea it was there, or had any clue where Heeter was. They released Jarvis and his mom. 

Jarvis said he is shocked Heeter would’ve been involved in such an incident.

“He’s an awesome guy. He’d help you anytime he could. I don’t know what happened,” said Jarvis. “I just can’t comprehend what in the world happened.”

Jarvis said Heeter lived with a woman in Wentzville, but did not know what their relationship was.

He said she apparently kicked Heeter out of the house Monday, which is why he had come over to Jarvis’ house to drink some beers. 

Jarvis was holding back tears as Heeter’s body was loaded into medical examiner’s van. He said they were supposed to hang out on Friday. 

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