Suspect arrested in May shooting incident

By Nicole Cooke -


The suspect in a Sedalia shooting was arrested by Pettis County Sheriff’s deputies Monday morning.

Timothy R. Smith, 28, of Sedalia, was arrested at 9:07 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 65 near state Route HH, said Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond. Bond said deputies received a report Smith was in the area and he was located walking along the highway and was arrested without incident.

Deputies first caught sight of Smith Sunday evening. A deputy on patrol observed Smith in a vehicle on Cherry Tree Lane and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but a chase ensued.

“Deputies were involved in a car chase (Sunday) north of town around Cloney and Yeater roads, they saw (Smith) on Cherry Tree Lane,” Bond said. “He couldn’t cross a low water crossing on Yeater Road so he abandoned the vehicle and swam across the creek and he was last seen on foot. We requested assistance from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and they brought an aircraft in to assist us. We continued searching for him until about dark (Sunday) night, around 8:30 p.m. when we discontinued that.

“We got a report (Monday) morning he was on foot, officers responded and found him.”

According to a Sedalia Police Department news release, at 1:35 a.m. Sunday, May 22, officers who were on routine patrol responded to the area of Sixth Street and Kentucky Avenue when they heard a single gunshot. A vehicle was seen fleeing from the area, and after hearing three more shots, officers were able to locate the vehicle and a pursuit ensued.

As the vehicle traveled down an alley in the 700 block of South Missouri Avenue, three more gunshots were heard coming from the vehicle.

The suspect vehicle did not stop for officers, who had activated their vehicles’ emergency lights and sirens, and the vehicle continued outside the city limits where it traveled into a field and the driver, identified by officers as Smith, fled on foot.

On May 22, SPD Sgt. Kelley Casto with the Criminal Investigations Bureau told the Democrat no injuries had been reported in the shooting incident but there was some property damage to a vehicle. At that time, Casto said they knew Smith shot at some people, but once officers arrived on scene, no victims came forward.

“We have not had anyone else come forward during this time frame,” Casto said Monday afternoon after Smith’s arrest. “We’d still love to have any victims or witnesses, especially now that he’s in jail, to come forward and talk to us now.”

According to the release, while officers were pursuing the suspect vehicle, a male subject entered a business near West Broadway Boulevard and South Kentucky Avenue and told an employee he had been shot at, and another call to dispatch indicated a vehicle had been shot in an alley in the 600 block of West Broadway Boulevard.

A shotgun was found inside the vehicle after the May 22 pursuit and retained for evidence, and additional evidence confirmed the vehicle and weapon were involved in both shooting incidents.

Two passengers in Smith’s vehicle, Jordan Rhoades, 28, and John D. Yager, 28, were arrested after the May 22 pursuit.

Police are seeking charges against Smith of first degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action and property damage.

Any witnesses or victims of this incident are encouraged to contact the Sedalia Police Department at 660-826-8100.


By Nicole Cooke

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

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