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.