Sedalia police are still searching for a suspect after Friday night’s homicide.
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 North Missouri Avenue. SPD Chief John DeGonia told the Democrat Sunday afternoon they had a suspect in Meyer’s death, and officers searched Saturday night and Sunday morning for him.
The suspect called SPD on Sunday, stating he would turn himself in Monday morning accompanied by his attorney. If the suspect does not do so, DeGonia said there is enough probable cause to contact the Pettis County Prosecutor to obtain a warrant for his arrest.
Upon arrival Friday night, 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,” SPD Cmdr. Adam Hendricks told the Democrat Saturday. “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 spent the weekend actively following up on several leads. He said there was little cooperation with the public and witnesses who were at the scene when officers arrived Friday night and Saturday morning, but cooperation began to improve Saturday afternoon.
When asked Saturday about gang activity, DeGonia said there is no indication at this time the homicide was gang-related.
“Nothing preliminary points to that,” he said.
The homicide investigation is ongoing, with the federal Department of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms assisting SPD. The Democrat was unable to reach ATF officials for comment Sunday.
“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 searching for the suspect, DeGonia encouraged anyone with any information to contact the department, reminding citizens 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.