MARIONVILLE, Mo. -- A city police officer shot and killed a man who shot the officer with a shotgun early Friday afternoon. Just before the shootout, the man with the shotgun, Jesse Miller, killed another man who stopped to check on a two-vehicle accident involving Miller.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Miller was walking down the road about 1:00 when Marionville Police Officer Andy Clark drove up, got out of his patrol car, and crouched behind his car door as he tried to get Miller to drop the shotgun. That's when Miller shot Clark and the officer returned fire.
Just before the shooting, Miller was in a two-vehicle accident about a block away. When a passerby, Joseph M. Rich, known to friends as Big Mike, stopped to check on the accident, the Highway Patrol says, Miller killed Rich. Rich was driving a white bus.
The shooting was near the intersection of Highway ZZ at Western, near Marionville High School on the western edge of the town. Miller's body lay at the shooting scene for some time, as did Rich's body.
Clark was hit in the shoulder and neck by the shotgun blast. An air ambulance took him to a hospital but he was conscious and talking to other officers and medical personnel.
Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers and Lawrence County sheriff's deputies rushed to the scene to help with the investigation.