(KMOV) – Police have one teen in custody after they said he opened fire, and then broke into a caretaker’s cabin on the Meramec Cavern grounds in Stanton, Missouri on Monday evening.
According to police, Xavier Minden, 18, from St. Louis, allowed a man driving with two children to get in front of him after pulling off the road on southbound Highway W near a KOA campground. Minden then followed the victim to his residence. It was there, the victim told police, he began to hear gunshots. The bullets struck the victim's car and shattered some windows.
Police said the victim went inside his house to retrieve a handgun rather than pursue the suspect. When the victim returned outside, he opened fire on Minden who had turned around on Highway W heading towards the victim again. The victim’s neighbor heard the shooting, and then came outside with a shotgun. Reportedly, the neighbor shot at Minden's car.
The suspect turned around again towards Meramec Caverns; he parked his car near the entrance gate on the grounds. Police said Minden then kicked in the door of a cabin near the caverns.
The female cabin resident approached Minden as he held a weapon to his chin. The suspect allowed her to leave the cabin without harm, but Minden stayed, barricading himself inside. It took a negotiator from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department to make contact, and convince him to leave the cabin.
Authorities were able to take Minden into custody. Police later learned the vehicle Minden was driving was reported stolen. He has been charged with first degree assault, armed criminal action, first degree burglary and discharge of a firearm from a vehicle at a person or structure.
No one was injured in the incident.
Minden's bond has been set at $250,000 cash only.