Polk County identifies man killed by sheriff's deputies in Fair Play

June 09, 2011|by KY3 News |
  • (Thomas Leonard, KY3 News)
(Thomas Leonard, KY3 News)

FAIR PLAY, Mo. -- Law enforcement officers are investigating a fatal shooting by two Polk County sheriff's deputies on Thursday afternoon.  It happened about 2 outside Fair Play Radiator, Etc., a small repair shop behind Hannah's One Stop convenience store.  The sheriff's department said Friday that the shooting victim was Jerry Holman, 60, of Fair Play.

Holman's bullet-riddled body was in a yard, covered by a sheet, for a couple of hours while crime scene investigators did their work.   Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers were also at the scene, as well as the Polk County coroner.

Edited news release from Polk County Sheriff's Department:

Before the shooting, the sheriff's department got a call from someone concerned about an armed and intoxicated man.  The Fair Play police officer was dispatched and arrived on the scene.  He informed dispatch that Holman was armed and threatening.  The officer requested backup. 

Two Polk County deputies responded and tried to talk to Holman.  An attempt was made to disarm him but he refused to comply and continued to be combative.  One of the deputies used his electric stun gun and at the same time tried to get him under control, at which time Holman pointed his weapon at the officer and then was shot.


Ambulance and rescue personnel were dispatched and responded but were unable to revive Holman, who died at the scene.

The two Polk County deputies are on administrative leave with pay for an undetermined amount of time, which is routine in most law enforcement departments after the use of deadly force.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the case at the request of the sheriff.

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