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1 arrested in connection with report of shots fired in Cape Girardeau; police call it ShotSpotter success

Police say thanks to its ShotSpotter system, officers responded to the scene less than 3 minutes after the alert was sent.
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 11:30 AM CDT|Updated: May. 12, 2022 at 3:30 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Police say a suspect was arrested thanks to its ShotSpotter system.

According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, officers were alerted by ShotSpotter that a gunshot was detected behind 627 S. Sprigg Street.

Officers responded to the scene less than 3 minutes after the alert was sent.

Police said due to the rapid dispatch and response, officers were able to find and question two people in the exact location that ShotSpotter had shown as the source of the detected gunshot.

Officers found a handgun and gathered evidence. They say they determined one of the two people detained had fired the handgun into the air.

That man, 28-year-old Allen Michael Dyer, from Cape Girardeau, was charged with the class D felony of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Police say Dyer is a convicted felon and had active warrants for his arrest.

According to the police department, its dispatch center did not receive any other calls in reference to this incident; and that without the ShotSpotter system, Dyer would not have been arrested.

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