Man surrenders after 7-hour standoff and 2 injured officers in Missouri

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A state trooper and a sheriff’s deputy were shot Friday morning in what Missouri Gov. Mike Parson called an “ambush.”

VAN BUREN, Mo. — The man who authorities think shot a state trooper and a sheriff’s deputy Friday morning surrendered after a long standoff at a home in rural Missouri, the highway patrol said.

James D. Cummings, 31, gave up without incident, Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl. Dallas Thompson said.

Thompson said Cummings lived at the home near Van Buren and law enforcement officers were there to serve him civil legal papers.

About eight hours earlier, troopers and deputies were attempting to talk to a man in the house when he surprised them with gunfire, the state patrol said in a statement.

Patrol Cpl. Dallas Thompson says it began when gunfire erupted as two troopers and a Carter County deputy were approaching a home to serve an eviction notice, AP reported. The deputy, who was hit in the leg, groin and chest, was pulled to safety by one of the troopers. He was flown to St. Louis for treatment for injuries that aren’t considered life-threatening.

The trooper was later released from a hospital, while the deputy is in stable condition at a St. Louis hospital, he said.

Gov. Mike Parson called the shooting an “ambush.”

The governor tweeted: “Both officers were wounded & are hospitalized. Missouri officers are devoted to making our state safer despite the risks they face every day. #BacktheBlue.”

Van Buren is 145 miles southwest of St. Louis.

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