UPDATE: Suspect in Missouri fatal shootings caught without incident

Police on the scene of a shooting / KRCG file photo

UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 28 at 2:35 p.m. by KRCG

Mid-Missouri Case Squad Sgt. Robert Bruchsaler said at a news conference said that person of interest in a triple murder, Josh Maylee was taken into custody at 1:30 p.m. by Cooper County deputies.

Maylee was taken into custody without incident.

Bruchsaler said the investigation is ongoing.

Click here to watch a video of the short press conference.

Click here to go to our sister station KRCG's web story.


UPDATED: Thursday, Oct. 28 at 8:30 a.m. by KRCG

Our sister station KRCG-TV in Jefferson City, Mo. tells us that several schools continued to take precautions Thursday while a gunman is still on the loose.

On Wednesday, North and Callaway Hills elementary schools in the Jefferson City school district went under lock-down. So did the schools in South Callaway district and New Bloomfield.

After talking with the sheriff's department Wednesday night, Jefferson City district officials decided to have school as usual Thursday, including normal bus schedules.

But South Callaway and New Bloomfield schools are still on a lock-out Thursday, meaning their doors are locked, but classes are going on as normal within the schools.

South Callaway official said if the suspect is not apprehended by the end of the school day, the district will repeat its procedure used Wednesday, with buses dropping off only students with parents at home.


UPDATED: Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 9:40 p.m. by KRCG

Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad Sgt. Robert Bruchsaler held another media conference Wednesday night to discuss the triple murder case.

Bruchsaler said Gina Werdehausen is in stable condition at University Hospital.

Bruchsaler said police have been talking to friends and family of Josh Maylee, the person of interest in the triple murder case. He said people have been cooperating with police.

Bruchsaler said police are looking into over 60 leads that could be connected to the murders.

Bruchsaler did not discuss Josh Maylee TMs criminal history because he did not know enough about the cases to discuss them.


UPDATED: Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7:57 p.m. by KRCG

Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad Sgt. Robert Bruchsaler said police are still searching for a person of interest in a triple murder, Josh Maylee.

Bruchsaler said police are not sure if Maylee has left the Mid-Missouri area, but are continuing to search as if he is still in the area.

Bruchsaler said multiple agencies are involved in the search for Maylee.


UPDATED: Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 6:40 p.m. by KRCG

Callaway County Prosecutor charged Josh Maylee with a felony count of theft/stealing more than $500, but less than $25,000 worth of property or services Wednesday afternoon.

The charges stem from an incident that happened on Oct. 15, two weeks ago.

A warrant for his arrest has been issued for the theft charge.

Maylee faces that exact same charge for an incident that happened in March 2009. Callaway County Sheriff TMs Office arrested Maylee last week, Oct. 19. He posted bond.

Maylee is considered a person of interest in the triple murders in Holts Summit.


ORIGINAL AP STORY: Picked up from our sister station KRCG in Jefferson City, Mo.

Authorities in mid-Missouri are searching for a gunman that they believe is responsible for killing three people.

The Callaway County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday that the suspect is believed responsible in the deaths of 46-year-old Jeffrey Werdehausen, 48-year-old Eugene Pinet and 57-year-old Jackie Pinet. Details about when and where they were killed were not released.

Police planned a 4:00 p.m. CDT news conference.

Werdehausen's wife, 41-year-old Gina Werdehausen, was also shot and is hospitalized at University Hospital in Columbia.

The University of Missouri-Columbia said the hospital is on lockdown out of fear the gunman could show up.

Our sister site KRCG-TV reported that authorities fear the suspect may be armed with a high-powered rifle.

Authorities believe the victims were targeted.