A routine patrol of a rural Lawrence County cemetery last night resulted in a foot pursuit of four subjects with shots fired.
According to Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay, a deputy was patrolling a cemetery in northwest Lawrence County when he noticed four individuals under a pavilion.
When the deputy exited his patrol car and announced his presence, the subjects ran from the officer. Shortly after beginning a foot pursuit, the deputy heard a single gun shot. While the deputy continued his pursuit of the subjects, a second gun shot was heard.
At which point, the deputy returned to his patrol car to wait for back up from additional officers. Several officers from Lawrence County, Jasper County and the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the scene.
Sheriff DeLay said it is not known if the gun shots were directed toward the deputy. The deputy was transported to an area hospital after suffering minor injuries as a result of the foot pursuit.
In an effort to track the subjects, officials set up a perimeter and called K-9 units for assistance. Officers continued searching the area for several hours, but the suspects were never found.
In an attempt to identify the suspects in this case, officials will continue to follow any leads they receive.