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Gunman ambushes ambulance crew, kills cop

The gunman who shot at crews loading a patient into an ambulance has been captured

The Associated Press

MINERAL POINT, Mo. — A man shot and killed a sheriff's deputy in Missouri early Saturday as emergency workers loaded an unconscious person into the back of an ambulance, authorities said.

Christopher Parsons, who became a deputy in October, was shot and killed while responding to a call around 2 a.m. about an unconscious person near Mineral Point, a community of roughly 350 residents about 80 miles southeast of St. Louis, said Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Juston Wheetley.

"As they were loading (the unconscious person) into the back of the ambulance they were ambushed," Wheetley said. He said investigators don't know of any motive.

Wheetley said the shooting suspect, Gary Sancegrow, 30, of Mineral Point, was taken into custody without incident at about 5:15 p.m. He said people who knew Sancegrow brought him to a checkpoint that law enforcement had set up in the Mineral Point area.

The suspect had run into a heavily wooded area after the shooting and was wearing camouflage clothing, Wheetley said.

Wheetley said Sancegrow was the only suspect being sought in the death.

Several law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service, had joined in the search, which had been going on all day Saturday. The sheriff's department also had put up a $2,500 reward for information leading to Sancegrow's arrest.

Wheetley said it was unclear if the reward prompted Sancegrow's arrest.

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D Jr Picciano D Jr Picciano Sunday, December 16, 2012 1:13:25 PM WOW
Brodie Verworn Brodie Verworn Sunday, December 16, 2012 1:37:13 PM Maybe its time EMS personnel started carrying concealed weapons and having it become commonplace. RIP to the officer and thoughts out to his family and friends.
Nathan Werner Nathan Werner Sunday, December 16, 2012 1:44:47 PM I'd like to see this guy strung up on a tree. What filth.
Jim Holm Jim Holm Sunday, December 16, 2012 2:01:18 PM Carefull Brodie, you'll be branded as a bagger for thinking that you should be allowed to fight back. :) Replied to a comment on a online site, that I thought the outcome of the CT shooting May have been different had a teacher been armed, talk about causing a shyte show. There would be more fatalies due to the massive crossfire etc, was the replies I got.
Kyle Falkenbach Kyle Falkenbach Sunday, December 16, 2012 2:55:31 PM Should all teachers, mall workers, movie theatre clean up crews, and waiters also go through extensive training and carry firearms?
Dave Clark Dave Clark Sunday, December 16, 2012 3:09:24 PM This is disgusting. Death is too good for this son of a bitch!
Steven Huff Steven Huff Sunday, December 16, 2012 3:47:44 PM Yes they should.
Clarence Biggs Clarence Biggs Sunday, December 16, 2012 3:54:01 PM well its not safe for kids to go to school and now it is not safe for ems and police to try and save lives now what is the world coming to.
Jim Holm Jim Holm Sunday, December 16, 2012 4:06:01 PM Only if they chose to, I'm not for forcing you to, but should you decide to then yes.
Coreena Burke Coreena Burke Sunday, December 16, 2012 4:14:57 PM The cop was armed and hes dead. deepest sympathys to his family.
Alan W. Rose Alan W. Rose Sunday, December 16, 2012 4:55:38 PM Kyle Falkenbach Carry yes, extensive training optional. We don't need Mall Ninjas, just armed citizens.
Larry Wells Larry Wells Sunday, December 16, 2012 5:30:15 PM The world isn't coming to it. It has arrived. It's now up to us all to take the world back to where it was before.
Andrew Kahananui Andrew Kahananui Sunday, December 16, 2012 6:34:39 PM um. any word on the crew on the ambulance??
Junior Crespo Junior Crespo Thursday, April 04, 2013 4:09:23 PM this is nuts omg!
Dakota Cortez Dakota Cortez Thursday, April 04, 2013 5:57:47 PM EMS doesn't need firearms, that's not our job. We don't rush into dangerous situations, we stage and wait for police. We are able to work with some who would give police a hard time because we aren't armed and not law enforcement. A rare ambush story, however unfortunate is not a call to arms and overreaction.
Dakota Cortez Dakota Cortez Thursday, April 04, 2013 5:59:06 PM when has being a police officer ever really been a safe job?
Robert Gift Robert Gift Wednesday, January 08, 2014 4:48:35 AM Anyone know why Gary Sancegrow ambushed the people? Mental case? On drugs? Didn't want the unconscious patient treated/saved?

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