SIKESTON, Mo. (KFVS) - The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) is investigating a deadly officer involved shooting in Sikeston.
At approximately 1:46 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a call about a person being shot at 233 Dorothy St.
When officers arrived to the home they found that Milton Taylor, a 49-year-old man, had been shot multiple times.
Milton Taylor is in critical condition.
The victim told officers that his son, Denzel Marshal Taylor, had allegedly shot him and took off away from the home.
While processing the scene and investigating, officers said they saw Denzel Taylor at 2:35 a.m. at the intersection of Dorthy and School St.
The man came towards the officers.
According to DPS, the officers confronted Denzel Taylor and gave him verbal commands to obey, when Denzel Taylor asked the officers to shoot.
Police said the situation escalated and the officers shot Denzel Taylor.
Denzel Taylor was hit and died at the scene.
DPS Chief James McMillen said he immediately contacted the Missouri State Highway Patrol to investigate the officer involved shooting, per departmental procedure.
MSHP Division of Drug and Crime Control sent several investigators to the scene.
“What happened this morning is just a small piece of it." said Sergeant Clark Parrott with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “They have been canvassing the neighborhood today talking to homeowners, people in and around the area finding out who saw what, who heard anything strange, things like that."
Once state troopers complete their investigation, Sergeant Parrott said they’ll send everything to the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office, including footage from the Sikeston officers’ body cameras.
“For transparency across the board. Highway patrol, we’re an unbiased third party. We’re just there to investigate it," said Sergeant Parrott.
Per departmental policy, Chief McMillen said three officers were placed on administrative leave, pending a preliminary review of the incident.