Ambulance workers speak out about being threatened at gun point

Glenn Richard Spikes (Source: Stoddard County Sheriff's Department)
Glenn Richard Spikes (Source: Stoddard County Sheriff's Department)
In the end, both men say they learned a valuable lesson.
In the end, both men say they learned a valuable lesson.

PUXICO, MO (KFVS) - A Puxico man faces several charges after police say he threatened two EMS workers and a sheriff's deputy.

Glenn Richard Spikes, 60, of Puxico was arrested on a warrant for felonious restraint (two counts), assault of a law enforcement officer, assault of an emergency personnel in the second degree (two counts), and armed criminal action.

According to the incident report, two EMS workers responded to 7651 State Highway PP in reference to a suicidal person.

The EMS crew told the sheriff's deputy that when they arrived Spikes grabbed a handgun and pointed it at himself and at them several times before law enforcement arrived.

"He picked up the gun and I remember the slide was open, but couldn't tell if it was loaded or unloaded," said Chuck Edwards-EMT.

When the deputy arrived, he found one EMS worker behind a tree by the highway.

"My main concern was making sure he didn't walk toward us because he had a gun, and we didn't," said Tyler Juden-Paramedic.

"We made like a bunch of rabbits and got out of there," said Edwards. Tyler went south and I went north."

Spikes was sitting in a chair and grabbed a handgun when he saw the deputy, according to the incident report.

When the deputy threatened to shoot, Spikes put his gun down. After Spikes was told he was under arrest, he threatened the deputy and said he would shoot him in the back of the head, according to the report.

Spikes was having difficulty speaking clearly, his eyes were watery and bloodshot, and he had a strong odor of intoxicant, according to the incident report.

"I was afraid at one point this was going to get out of hand real quick," said Edwards.

In the end, both men say they learned a valuable lesson.

"We got too complacent," said Juden.

Both said next time they would survey the situation a little closer, and wait for officers to arrive and secure the scene first.

"It was a bad judgement call for all of us, "said Edwards.

Their boss, David Cooper-manager of the Stoddard County Ambulance District, said his crews are seeing more and more calls these days for suicidal subjects, drug abuse, and mental illness.

"It's not the same society we've always lived in," said Cooper.

He said his crew didn't have a lot of information about the nature of this call, and wasn't aware of whether any weapons were involved until they arrived.

No one was hurt. When it was all said and done both walked away armed with knowledge on how to prepare for next time.

"This is what I call a life lesson, and it will stick with them for a long time, " said David Cooper.

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