On Saturday, February 5, at approximately 10:20 p.m., law enforcement agencies in Pettis County responded to a call regarding an individual traveling from Johnson County with a toddler.
According to Pettis County Sheriff Brad Anders, the driver was allegedly armed while experiencing significant emotional distress and made harmful threats towards himself and the child.
Authorities say deputies with the assistance of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, located the vehicle and initiated a stop near Gate 3 of the fairgrounds on West 16th Street in Sedalia – where a brief standoff ensued.
During the incident, the man emerged from the driver’s seat with a shotgun held under his chin. Officers say they were able to deescalate the situation and the man was taken into custody without further incident. The child was located safely in a child restraint chair in the back seat of the vehicle.
No formal charges have been filed at this time. The name of the subject has not been released, but was transported to Bothwell where he was placed on a 96-hour psychiatric evaluation.
Ander says, “This was a very dangerous and volatile situation that illustrates not only the patience and professionalism of our three law enforcement agencies within Pettis County, but the unwavering commitment to protect the lives of those while we serve. Well done to all including Joint Communications who held it all together for us during this incident.”