Police officer and gunman among five dead after shooting in Springfield, Missouri


Overton has been with the Springfield Police Department for two years. It appears the gunman killed himself, he said.

Another call came in at 11:43 and officers were dispatched to the Kum & Go located at 2885 E Chestnut Expressway regarding another shooting. Officers were dispatched to a busy intersection populated by a chain pharmacy and strip malls.

The officer encountered the man, who police described as "disorderly", and shot him.

Williams said police were called to a Kum & Go gas station late Sunday for reports of a shooting. The vehicle eventually crashed into a Kum & Go gas station and convenience store.

Springfield Police Officer Josiah Overton, 25 and a fourth victim inside the store were also injured.

Other officers pulled the injured officers from the store and then went inside, where they found three citizens dead.

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"Officer Christopher Walsh suffered a gunshot wound and unfortunately passed away at the hospital", he said.

Police say Officer Christopher Walsh, 32, Troy D. Rapp, 57, of Springfield, Shannon R. Perkins, 46, of Springfield and Matthew Hicks, 22, of Springfield died in the shooting. He's being treated at a local hospital.

"Both of these officers showed significant bravery and were heroic in their actions", police said.

The identities of the three other victims or the shooter have not been released. Rapp worked at the Kum and Go store.

"There are no words to express the shock and sorrow many of us are feeling", the statement said.

Walsh had served in the Army and was active in the Army reserves and had been on the force less than four years, Williams said. A US Army veteran, Walsh had been active with the Army Reserve for a decade at the time of his death, the chief said. The suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

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