Suspects flee after gunfire exchange

MGN Online

A report of a possible home break-in and shots fired led multiple local law enforcement agencies on an overnight manhunt that turned up nothing.

The call came in to the Adair County Central Dispatch Center at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday.

Sheriff Robert Hardwick said a resident who lives on East Center Way east of Kirksville reported the incident.

The homeowner, who wished to remain anonymous, told KTVO it all started when he noticed the front porch light on at a home he owns as well the light on in a nearby out building.

The sheriff's office responded to the area along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the patrol's K-9 unit and the Kirksville Police Department's Special Response Team.

The homeowner said when he drove up the driveway at 30804 East Center Way, he saw two men, who fired two to three shots at him.

He said he fired about 10 shots back at them.

The suspects then took off on foot.

Investigators don't believe anyone was injured by the gunfire.

Law enforcement officers spent hours combing the area, looking in fields, out buildings and wooded areas trying to find the suspects.

Central dispatch sent out an automated phone call to residents who live in the affected area to make them aware of law enforcement's search efforts.

The hours-long, extensive search in the bitter cold was eventually called off in the overnight hours, and Hardwick told KTVO there is not believed to be any immediate threat to residents.

The suspects were not found. The investigation continues.