SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The Springfield Police Department said an officer shot and killed a gunman Friday night after responding to a disturbance at an apartment complex.

Police say an officer shot and killed Mitchell R. Hooe, 28, of Arkansas. Relatives have been notified.

The shooting happened around 7 p.m. Friday near the 1000 block of E. McDaniel Street.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance call at the apartment complex. When the police arrived, they learned that a woman and her children were inside the apartment, along with a man armed with a gun.

Investigators say the woman was unable to speak freely to officers and it appeared she and her children were in immediate danger. Several police officers forced their way into the apartment and confronted the man. As he responded, an officer shot the suspect inside the apartment.

Investigators say officers took life-saving action on the suspect, but he died of his injuries at the scene. The woman and her children were not injured. No officers were injured in the shooting.

Police have not confirmed whether the suspect fired before being shot by an officer. The Springfield Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the shooting and the case will be presented to the Greene County District Attorney’s Office for review.

Several officers have been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. The Springfield Police Department says the shooting marks Springfield’s first homicide of 2022.

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