Author: Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief
Columbia Daily Tribune FULTON, Mo. — Law enforcement officers shot and killed a man in the doorway of a trailer Monday morning after the man allegedly pointed a weapon in their direction.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Callaway County Sheriff's Department responded to a disturbance at the Green Meadows Trailer Park near Fulton at 6 a.m., said Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane. An initial report indicated a subject was inside a trailer park firing a weapon into the air.?
Timothy E. Simpson, 34, of Williamsburg was carrying a weapon when officers arrived, Crane said. Simpson first pointed his weapon at himself and then allegedly pointed it in the direction of officers while ignoring their commands.
"The officers fired because they felt threatened," Crane said.
Simpson was shot in the doorway of a trailer, Crane said. Two people who were in the trailer were not injured.
The patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control is conducting the criminal investigation into the matter.
A joint internal investigation also is being conducted. The two officers who shot Simpson — a trooper and a deputy — have been tested for drugs and alcohol and placed on administrative leave until the investigation is resolved, Crane said.
An autopsy was conducted Monday afternoon. Investigators are awaiting test results.
Simpson has numerous convictions, some drug-related, according to court documents. Deputies have had several additional contacts with Simpson over the years, Crane said.
A search warrant of the residence was conducted after the fatal shooting, but Crane would not comment on findings.
Copyright 2012 The Columbia Daily Tribune
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