by Sam Clanton
REPUBLIC, Mo. – A man from Stone County is dead and a police sergeant from Republic is placed on administrative leave following an officer-involved shooting incident Tuesday.
According to Republic Police Chief Michael Lawton, 48-year-old Destry Meikle of Crane ran his vehicle into the garage of a home on East Elm Street, then traveled another 150 feet, colliding with a second garage at a home on South Peachtree Lane.
As the responding officer approached the smoking vehicle inside the heavily-damaged garage, he began giving commands to Meikle to shut the vehicle off. Lawton says the driver ignored those commands and put the vehicle in gear in what appeared to be an attempt to leave the scene.
Lawton says the sergeant was knocked to the ground and while getting up, believed the vehicle was going to strike him again. He says the officer fired his department-issued handgun, striking Meikle who was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The unidentified officer was also transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released for his injuries.
The sergeant is on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.
Family members of Meikle say he was a law abiding citizen who suffered from seizures. They say his medical condition likely led to the accident and miscommunication with police.