Missouri sheriff’s office opens homicide investigation in fatal shooting

WARSAW, Missouri – The Benton County Sheriff’s Office has launched a homicide investigation after a man was fatally shot in Warsaw.

Benton County Central Dispatch received a call from a man stating that a middle-aged man got into the back seat of his truck and yelled at the driver that he had been shot and needed to drive.

The assailant continued to shoot at the vehicle as he left the scene. The driver of the truck transported the victim, Lance M. Lyman, 28, from Warsaw, to the Warsaw ambulance base. Lyman died of his injuries before he could be saved.

Assistance from the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) SWAT team was requested by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office due to the unclear origin of the incident and the lack of staff available to respond to shooting. MPs and SWAT members attended the shooting scene at the end of Clearwater Road near Warsaw and attempted to contact the suspected gunman.

The suspect was arrested without further incident after the MSHP Swat team surrounded his residence.

Witnesses said the suspect started attacking a woman and Lyman tried to intervene. The suspect then started shooting Lyman.

The suspect was held in the Benton County Jail.

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