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Suspect Charged After Firing at Troopers

MACON, Mo.- The Missouri State Highway Patrol has provided an update to an earlier story on KMEM News regarding an officer-involved shooting following a pursuit in Shelby County. 

The patrol reported that they received a request for assistance in locating a suspect just before 8 pm Wednesday night.  The suspect had fled in a vehicle from the Quincy area and was believed to be heading west in Missouri on Highway 36.  Troopers located the vehicle just after 8:15 pm heading west on Highway 36.  After initially attempting to stop the vehicle, troopers pursued the suspect before successfully deploying spike strips. 

The vehicle pulled off on the Highway 151 exit in Clarence and stopped.  The driver, now identified as 51-year old Erik A Prange of Moberly, exited the vehicle with a rifle and began firing at troopers.  The troopers returned fire, striking Prange and resulting in non-life threatening injuries.  During that exchange, a trooper was also struck by gunfire.  The trooper was taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

On Thursday, Prange was formally charged by the Shelby County Prosecuting Attorney with four counts of Felony Assault of a Special Victim in the 1st Degree and four counts of Armed Criminal Action.  The charges stem from the preliminary investigation by the Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control into the incident.  Prange is being held without bond and the investigation is ongoing.

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