Man suspected of killing Hermann police officer, injuring another taken into custody

Man suspected of killing Hermann police officer, injuring another taken into custody

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Sam Clancy

HERMANN, Mo. — The Missouri State Highway Patrol canceled a Blue Alert out of Hermann, Missouri, Monday afternoon after the man suspected of shooting two Hermann police officers the night before was taken into custody.

The alert said the department was looking for 35-year-old Kenneth Lee Simpson. They said he shot two police officers at the Casey’s gas station on Missouri Highway 19 and fled the scene.

Hermann police and MSHP are surrounding a home Monday morning not far from the gas station in Hermann, where they believe Simpson is hiding inside.

At the scene, 5 On Your Side saw police break down the door of the home just before 5 a.m., but Simpson had yet to come out.

Around 2 p.m., the suspect was taken into custody, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

A Blue Alert is issued during the search for a suspect responsible for killing or seriously injuring a law enforcement officer. MSHP said both officers were transported to area hospitals in serious condition.

At 5:22 a.m. Monday, MSHP Troop F tweeted that 34-year-old Detective Sgt. Mason Griffith, one of the Hermann officers who was shot, died due to his injuries.

Credit: Hermann Police Department
Detective Sgt. Mason Griffith with the Hermann Police Department

Griffith’s wife, Jennifer, shared the following message Monday morning on Facebook: “I have no words… except, you were the most incredible husband, father and leader in your community! You are already greatly missed. I will do my best to honor you every day. Karson will never forget you! I want to thank all my friends family and first responder family!!! Rest Easy Mason we have it from here!!! #5300 #503.”

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson was among those on social media offering condolences to Griffith’s family and the Hermann Police Department.

“Hermann Police Department Detective Sergeant Mason Griffith will never be forgotten, and Missouri will always be grateful,” Parson tweeted. “Teresa and I are praying for Mason’s family, friends, and fellow law enforcement officers.”

The Gasconade County R-1 School District canceled classes Monday to ensure the safety of students and staff amid the ongoing situation.

A SWAT team made up of at least six people was headed toward the house where Simpson was believed to be inside at about 7:20 a.m.


At about 9:45 a.m., MSHP told 5 On Your Side the standoff at the Hermann home was ongoing, but police were still not certain whether Simpson was inside the house.

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