Friday, May 13, 2011

Gunman allegedly goes on crime spree

A crime spree that stretched from Fort Leonard Wood army base to Rolla is over.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol apprehended 31-year-old Cody Willcoxon early Thursday afternoon just outside Rolla.

Willcoxon allegedly attempted to get on the Fort Leonard Wood base and when denied… drove through the gate. He purportedly fled the base, engaged in a rolling gun battle with authorities on Interstate 44, then drove into Rolla.

Rolla police chief Mark Kearse says investigators have a lot of work to do.

"We need to trace all the bullets, the vehicles, then where his vehicle ended up crashing, of course that's a scene. There is where he stole the other vehicle and the occupants of that place and interviewing them and how he broke in, and the scene where he was captured," Kearse said.

Kearse says officials believe Willcoxson acted alone, and they do not yet have a motive. Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla was locked down for more than four hours.

Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio


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