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Macon County deputy back on duty following shooting investigation

On Monday, authorities released an update regarding last month’s deputy involved shooting in Macon County, Mo.

On Monday, authorities released an update regarding last month’s deputy involved shooting in Macon County, Mo.

On August 14, a Macon County sheriff’s deputy pulled over a pickup truck near the intersection of Bloomington and N. Macon in Bevier, Mo., for expired plates.

Authorities say a passenger inside the truck, later identified as Jakob D. Burton, got out with a rifle. Burton walked toward the rear of the truck and towards the deputy. The officer told Burton to drop the gun. He did not and began to raise it. The deputy then fired four rounds at Burton, striking him in the leg and upper torso area. The driver got out and was not harmed during the incident.

The deputy requested EMS and backup following the shooting. Burton was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Macon, and was later flown to University Hospital in Columbia, Mo.

While at the hospital in Macon, Burton was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. He has since been released from the hospital and is currently being held in the Randolph County Jail.

He is charged with Armed Criminal Action, Assault 1st Degree on Law Enforcement, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine ). Bond was set at $65,000, cash only.

Following an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control, Macon County Sheriff Kevin Shoemaker met with the Macon County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to discuss the results.

“After reviewing the deputy’s body-worn camera footage, the investigation conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and speaking with the Macon County Prosecuting Attorney, our deputy has returned to work. Every day as law enforcement officers we put on a bulletproof vest and a firearm. We hope we never have to use either of them. On August 14th, our deputy used one of them. I am happy our deputy and no other citizens of Macon County were injured in this incident,” Sheriff Shoemaker said.

The officer returned to regular duty earlier this month.

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