4 Civilians, 2 Springfield Officers Shot By 'Roving Active Shooter'

Holly Matkin

Springfield Police Officer Christopher Walsh and three civilians were murdered by an active shooter late Sunday night.

Springfield, MO – A Springfield police officer and three civilians were murdered by an active shooter inside a gas station late Sunday night.

A second Springfield police officer and another citizen were wounded, ABC News reported.

Springfield police responded to the area after receiving “multiple shooting calls throughout the city,” Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams said during a press conference on Monday.

While they were en route to the area at approximately 11:43 p.m., the gunman crashed his vehicle into a Kum & Go store, then ran inside and opened fire.

“In essence, we had a roving active shooter,” Chief Williams explained during the press conference.

Springfield Police Officer Christopher Walsh and Officer Josiah Overton were the first to arrive at the scene, ABC News reported.

They were immediately shot by the gunman.

Additional officers pulled the wounded officers out of the store to safety and made their way into the building.

They discovered the bodies of three citizens inside, ABC News reported.

The gunman was also found dead from an “apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Chief Williams said.

The wounded officers were rushed to a local hospital, where Officer Walsh was pronounced dead.

The U.S. Army veteran served the Springfield Police Department (SPD) for three-and-one-half-years, and was also active in the Army reserves, ABC News reported.

Officer Overton, a two-year veteran-of-the-force, is expected to survive his wounds.

“Both officers showed significant bravery and were heroic in their actions,” Chief Williams told reporters, according to ABC News.

The condition of the wounded civilian victim has not been released, KOLR reported.

Investigators have not released the names of the civilian victims or the gunman, according to ABC News.

They are also working to determine the potential motive for the mass shooting, Chief Williams said.

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Comments (9)
IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Rest in Peace Officer Walsh, your life mattered :-(

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NFPD103
NFPD103

R.I.P Officer Walsh, memory eternal

AniM
AniM

RIP brother, my Condolences to his Family.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Condolances to the family and friends of officer Walsh! God Speed sir! God speed

Truth Man 102
Truth Man 102

God bless you my brother.

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

I’m sorry. Praying for family, friends and co-workers

HelenEHendrickson
HelenEHendrickson

Praying for his family both blood and blue

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

RIP Officer Walsh 👨‍✈️🙏💙 Prayers to your family and friends!! 😥

BoneDoc
BoneDoc

Rest In Peace, Officer Walsh. Your life truly mattered. Prayers up for your families, both Blood and Blue!


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