SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield police shot and killed a man about 8 a.m. at a home at 2506 W. Grand St., after going there to serve a search warrant. The police chief said Friday afternoon that several officers were on routine administrative leave while the fatal shooting is investigated.
Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams says Det. Travis Wilson was hit in the right back/hip by a bullet during an exchange of gunfire with the man, who stepped outside the home. Other officers shot and killed the man. Investigators don't know which of several officers shot the man.
Wilson was treated for his wound at a hospital and released. He's recovering at home. The detective was not wearing a protective bulletproof vest. He was wearing a suit, not a police uniform. This is the first time in 16 years that a Springfield police officer was shot.
Officers did not approach the house and the man's body on the lawn for several hours because they were not sure if another shooter was inside. A tactical vehicle moved toward the house. Police searched outbuildings behind the home to make sure no one was in them. They used a robot with a camera in that search. They found no one. Police then secured the scene as part of the investigation.