UPDATED: Man found dead after 4-hour standoff


UPDATE Saturday, 12: 47 p.m: The identity of a Friday night shooting victim has been released. According to Pettis County Coroner Skip Smith, the victim is identified as Matthew Johnson, 33, of Sedalia, a resident of the home in the 200 block of South Park Avenue where the shooting occured. Police have released no further details Saturday of the shooting as it is still under investigation.

A four-hour police standoff ended Friday night with a man discovered dead from a gunshot at a home on South Park Avenue across the street from Liberty Park.

According to Sedalia Police Cmdr. Larry Ward, police responded to a house in the 200 block of South Park Avenue about 3:30 p.m. after a woman called and said she had arrived home from work and noticed her front door ajar and some broken glass on her porch. Officers from the Sedalia Police Incident Response Team, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office responded to the residence and cordoned off South Park Avenue from Third Street to Wilkerson Street. Police tape was set up around the perimeter, including part of Liberty Park.

Officers tried to coerce the person in the house to come out and speak with them using a police vehicle’s public address system. A police robot from the MSHP was sent in to see if the man was inside the residence.

About 7:15 p.m., after the man failed to respond,, MSHP officers entered the residence carrying protective shields and wearing other protective gear. The victim was found dead in the residence.

Ward said police are not seeking a subject at this time and the cause of death or the identity of the victim was not released Friday night. No further details were released Friday night

Check back with sedaliademocrat.com for further updates to this story and for a full report, pick up Monday’s edition of the Sedalia Democrat.

Missouri State Highway Patrol officers prepare to enter a residence at 7:15 p.m. Friday evening in the 200 block of South Park Avenue where a man was found deceased with a gunshot wound. Police were called to the residence at 3:30 p.m. when a woman came home and noticed the front door to a home open and broken glass.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_TSD102216StandOff-1-2.jpgMissouri State Highway Patrol officers prepare to enter a residence at 7:15 p.m. Friday evening in the 200 block of South Park Avenue where a man was found deceased with a gunshot wound. Police were called to the residence at 3:30 p.m. when a woman came home and noticed the front door to a home open and broken glass. Faith Bemiss | Democrat

The Sedalia Police Department officers use their vehicle’s public address system to talk with the occupant of the residence Friday evening. SPD closed off several streets near the home in the 200 block of South Park Avenue and Wilkerson Street.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_TSD102216StandOff-2-2.jpgThe Sedalia Police Department officers use their vehicle’s public address system to talk with the occupant of the residence Friday evening. SPD closed off several streets near the home in the 200 block of South Park Avenue and Wilkerson Street. Faith Bemiss | Democrat

By Tim Epperson

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