SIKESTON -- A Sikeston Department of Public Safety officer received minor injuries while assisting the Missouri State Highway Patrol in the investigation of a trooper's death.
On March 20, the Sikeston DPS Special Operations Group responded to the command post located in Van Buren to assist with the investigation of the death of Sgt. Carl Graham. Upon arrival the team was placed in a staging area until further assignment was made.
At approximately 12:45 a.m. March 21, the team was requested to provide cover while members of the Patrol attempted to interview suspect Lance Shockley at his residence.
Contact was made with Shockley and he engaged in conversation with members of the Patrol. After some conversation, Shockley asked all law enforcement personnel to leave his property.
Upon the officers leaving the premises, a weapon accidentally discharged, striking a DPS vehicle and causing minor injury to a DPS officer. The officer was treated and released and did not miss any time off work.
On Tuesday Carter County Prosecutor Michael Ligons charged Shockley, 28, of Van Buren, with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.