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Officer involved shooting leaves one dead

Monday, January 14, 2013

SENATH, Mo. -- A local man is dead following an officer involved shooting at Senath on Sunday morning.

According to information provided by the Dunklin County Major Case Squad, at approximately 5:58 p.m., Sunday evening, Senath Police Department Officer J. Gentry responded to a domestic disturbance on North East Street at Senath.

Upon arrival, Gentry began speaking with the parties involved in the incident. One of the subjects, Gilbert Owens, became aggressive, according to reports, wielding a knife and punctured the tires on his father-in-laws vehicle and the Senath patrol car.

Gentry gave verbal commands to Owens to stop and drop the knife.

Authorities said Owens ignored the commands and began approaching the officer in a threatening manner with the knife in his hand.

"The officer, fearing for his safety, deployed his pepper spray and when that did not deter the subject, the officer then discharged his weapon, striking the subject, resulting in his death," a written release from the Dunklin County Major Case Squad said.

Owens was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dunklin County Coroner.

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the Dunklin County Major Case Squad, the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control, and the Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

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I most always side with police, having a family heritage of law enforcement officers, but I always wonder when an officer kills someone with a knife, "Could he not have taken his legs from under him with a shot if he had been properly trained?" This officer, and and his fellow officers will have to live with this question the rest of his life....the price to pay for taking a life, even though justified.

-- Posted by Big D-39 on Tue, Jan 15, 2013, at 8:04 AM

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