5-hour standoff in Advance ends; suspect in police custody

Suspect in custody after 5 hour police standoff in Advance, Mo.

ADVANCE, Mo. (KFVS) - A five-hour police standoff is over in Advance, Missouri.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Clark Parrott said the Sikeston Department of Public Safety SWAT team made a tactical entry into the home shortly before 12:30 a.m. and removed the suspect without further incident.

The decision was made to enter the home after the suspect broke off communication with negotiators.

Sgt. Parrott believes the SWAT team used tear gas to get inside the home to remove the suspect.

The suspect was taken to the Stoddard County Jail.

The suspect, identified as Preston Wade Simpson, was charged with second-degree domestic assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of weapon - discharge into home, motor vehicle or other transportation and resisting/interfering with arrest for a felony.

His bond was set at $75,000.

Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner said Simpson is accused of assaulting a woman. She was treated at the scene for a laceration on her head and released.

Police said the standoff started after they received a report of an assault at the Advance home around 6:36 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29.

It’s believed a person was hit.

When officers arrived, the suspect barricaded himself in the home and refused to come out.

Sheriff Hefner said the victim of the assault was also in the home, but later came out of the house.

During the standoff with law enforcement, police said they could hear the suspect firing off shots periodically, possibly six or seven times.

It is not clear what the suspect was shooting at.

Negotiators remained in contact with the suspect and tried to end the situation peacefully.

Several law enforcement agencies responded to the scene, including Advance Police Department, Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, MSHP and Sikeston DPS.

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