A local teenager was killed late Friday night after being shot near a Sedalia residence.
According to a Sedalia Police Department release, 16-year-old Andrew Meyers died late Friday night. At 10:03 p.m., SPD received several 911 calls of a subject who had been shot near West Cooper Street and South Missouri Avenue.
Upon arrival, officers found a black male subject, who had sustained a gunshot wound, lying near a car. Officers applied first aid until Pettis County Ambulance District units arrived and transported the subject to Bothwell Regional Health Center. Meyers underwent examination and treatment, but later died while at the hospital. Officials have not released where Meyers was shot, but that he was shot only once.
An investigation and search warrant on a nearby residence where Meyers had been when he was shot revealed a “significant number” of narcotic trafficking items along with “numerous” illegal firearms. The residence was searched due to evidence the crime happened inside.
“Some evidence showed the crime happened inside the residence, so we obtained a search warrant, collected evidence, and found it happened inside the residence, said SPD Cmdr. Adam Hendricks. “We believe (Meyers) was shot inside the residence and made it out to the roadside where they were found by police after a 911 call.”
Hendricks said SPD officers and detectives are actively following up on several leads, and they have a suspect in mind. Witnesses were at the scene Friday night when officers arrived, but public cooperation has only begun within the last few hours.
“We are looking at a suspect right now; we are starting to get cooperation from the community, where we did not have any (Friday) night. We’re going to run with that as fast and hard as we can,” Hendricks said. “There were other people around (when officers arrived Friday), witnesses. We had some problems getting cooperation last night and early this morning, but that has changed a little overnight, so hopefully we can make something out of it pretty soon. Sometimes it just takes a little while for the community to come around and understand we can’t do this without them.”
SPD Chief John DeGonia said that there is no indication at this time that the homicide was gang-related.
“Nothing preliminary points to that,” he said.
The homicide investigation is ongoing, with ATF assisting SPD.
“We brought (ATF) in because of all the guns in there, so they can run traces on the guns,” DeGonia said. “They can run traces that we can’t; it would take a while for us to do that, but they can do that pretty quick.”
While SPD is following several leads, DeGonia encouraged anyone with any information to contact the department, reminding citizens that an anonymous hotline is available for anyone who may feel uncomfortable talking to the police.
If anyone has information regarding this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Investigations Division of the Sedalia Police Department, or the TIPS Hotline at 660-827-TIPS.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.