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Man accused of shooting at wife and police officially charged

According to Trooper Clark Parrott, the man shot at officers (Source: Rochelle Steffen). According to Trooper Clark Parrott, the man shot at officers (Source: Rochelle Steffen).
Swingle says the wife reported a domestic assault involving shots fired (Source: Rochelle Steffen).. Swingle says the wife reported a domestic assault involving shots fired (Source: Rochelle Steffen)..
Law enforcement returned fire, injuring Guthrie (Source: Rochelle Steffen). Law enforcement returned fire, injuring Guthrie (Source: Rochelle Steffen).
He was taken to a St Louis hospital for treatment (Source: Viewer submitted). He was taken to a St Louis hospital for treatment (Source: Viewer submitted).
Crews were back on the scene investigating on Thursday (Source: Crystal Britt). Crews were back on the scene investigating on Thursday (Source: Crystal Britt).
JACKSON, MO (KFVS) -

Prosecutor Morley Swingle has filed charges against a Jackson man accused of shooting at his wife then firing at police.

Swingle charged Lawrence  Anthony Guthrie, 45, with three felony counts of assault on a law enforcement, one felony count of domestic assault and one count of armed criminal action. 

Investigators were back on the scene Thursday morning.

"I heard many shots, many shots, several episodes of gunfire," said a neighbor of Guthrie, Greg Dickey.

Greg Dickey lives three houses down from the shooter's home on Broadridge.

"People with guns running around and you thought, he could be in my house," said Dickey.

Officers feared the gunman would try and take hostages.

"At one point officers had this whole neighborhood locked down tight," said Chief James Humphreys. "Neighbors who were outside of their homes were asked to get back inside and lock the doors, some were told to evacuate."

Thinking the shooter tried to get in through the garage door, Dickey spent the rest of time hiding behind a squad car in the middle of the highway.

Swingle says officers went to Guthrie's home at 1240 Broadridge in Jackson Wednesday afternoon after getting a 911 call from Guthrie's wife.

Swingle says she reported a domestic assault involving shots fired.

After officers arrived, Swingle says Guthrie fired an AR-15 rifle at several of the officers, including officers from Jackson, The Missouri Highway Patrol and the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department.

According to the probable cause statement, a Jackson police officer said there was "no doubt" that Guthrie was shooting at him.  He said Guthrie's gun was pointed at the officer, and he saw the smoke come from the suspect's rifle. The officer said he later found five shell casings where the suspect was standing.

Officers say that Guthrie then moved to a neighboring house and fired two more rounds in their direction hitting the vehicles in front of the officers.  They found shell casings at that spot as well.

One officer said that he believes Guthrie fired a gun six times at him. 

Preliminary reports show Guthrie shot himself once, and suffered at least another gunshot wound from an officer returning fire.

One police officer has been placed on administrative leave after the incident, per department policy. That is standard procedure in this type of case.

Officers say they found the rifle and a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun by Guthrie.

He was taken to a St Louis hospital for treatment.  Swingle says it's not immediately clear whether any of his wounds were self-inflicted.

Earlier in the day Wednesday Jackson Police Chief James Humphreys says they were working the early stages of the investigation while also working several crime scenes in the neighborhood.

Prosecutor Swingle says when Guthrie's condition stabilizes, he will be taken to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department to face charges.

Guthrie's bond was set at $500,000. 

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