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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2021
On May 17, 2021, Springfield Police Officers investigated a homicide at 3231 W. Page. During the investigation, a person of interest was identified as John Hilt, a 36-year-old male from Springfield, MO. Hilt had an outstanding warrant from Christian County, MO for Resisting Arrest. On May 18, 2021, detectives with the Springfield Police Department Special Investigations Section conducted surveillance on Hilt. Detectives followed Hilt in a vehicle to the Kum N Go located at 3445 E. Kearney. The suspect vehicle was occupied by two males (one being Hilt) and a female.
The detectives attempted to contact Hilt and arrest him for the outstanding warrant, however Hilt displayed a gun and fired shots at the detectives. Two detectives returned fire at Hilt who was able to flee in the suspect vehicle with the female. The other male inside the vehicle suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and arm. The injury was not life-threatening, and the subject was transported to the hospital.
After fleeing from Kum N Go, the suspect vehicle was followed by police to the Welcome Inn located at 3550 E. Evergreen. Springfield Police Officers set up a perimeter, and eventually Hilt was taken into custody. Hilt suffered a gunshot wound to the neck and arm from the earlier incident. Both injuries were considered non-life-threatening, and he was transported to the hospital. The female subject was uninjured.
Both officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. This case will be presented to the Greene County Prosecutor for review and filing of appropriate charges.
The Springfield Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is currently investigating this incident. Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).
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Case number: 21-16988
Media Contact: PAO Jasmine Bailey 417-864-1786 [email protected]
Release authorized by Cpt. Tony Vienhage