FRANKLIN COUNTRY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Police said one man was killed and another injured following an officer-involved shooting during a raid on a suspected stolen car ring in Franklin County Wednesday night.
Police say the County Auto Detective Unit zeroed in on a home in 600 block of Spring Drive during an investigation into vehicles stolen from Dave Sinclair and Sunset Ford. Authorities said when police arrived, two men and a woman in a Ford F-350 when it burst out of a storage shed and drove towards the officers, pushing into one and knocking him down. Police then fired their guns, hitting the two men.
According to police, one of the suspects was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital and the other was transported via ambulance.
Michael Goebel, 29, of Byrnesmill, Missouri, was pronounced dead at a hospital following the shooting, according to Missouri Highway Patrol. Authorities say Goebel was suspected of stealing a truck from Dave Sinclair Ford on Christmas Day. He was also ‘wanted’ by several other police agencies, as were the other passengers in the truck.
Conrad Markmueller VI was hospitalized following the shooting, police say he will be arrested on multiple warrants when he is released from the hospital.
The woman inside the truck was arrested on multiple warrants, police say. Three other men were inside the garage when the incident took place, police say they were questioned and released.
One officer was standing behind a truck that was parked in front of the garage when suspects rammed through. The suspect truck struck the vehicle in front of the officer which hit the officer, giving him minor injuries. Authorities say the officer was treated at the scene.
"They felt their lives were in danger," said Sgt. Al Nothum of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. "If you were out there and saw what happened out there and saw the physical evidence you would probably come to that same conclusion."
St. Louis County police were involved in the raid with Franklin County deputies because the investigation originated in St. Louis County. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said his department had been monitoring the suspected ring for several weeks.
Belmar told News 4 the Missouri Highway Patrol is taking over the investigation of the shooting.