Scovern C. Norris

A Sedalia man is in custody after taking a person hostage June 14. 

Scovern C. Norris, 31, of the 500 block of Sunset Drive, has been charged with felony first-degree kidnapping, felony armed criminal action, and felony unlawful use of a weapon and is being at the Pettis County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

According to a Sedalia Police Department report, officers responded to the 500 block of Sunset Drive at 12:01 p.m. June 14 in reference to a disturbance involving a weapon. 

According to a probable cause statement, once the officers arrived they made contact with Norris who was in the residence’s living room with a kitchen knife and a pair of scissors in his other hand. Norris was refusing to let people leave and was standing over an individual who was sitting on a couch. Norris was told multiple times to put the knife down, to which Norris responded he was not going to. 

Another officer arrived and told Norris to put the knife down and Norris refused again. Three juveniles were present in the living room within 3 feet of Norris. They were told to go outside along with another adult for their safety. 

Norris, while standing next to the hostage, grabbed a blanket and covered himself. Norris hid the knife so officers were unable to tell what he was doing with it. He then grabbed a mattress and squatted down behind it. 

An officer again tried to talk him into putting down the knife and Norris again responded that he was not going to. Another officer arrived and pointed their taser toward Norris. When Norris stood up to adjust his blanket the officer deployed his taser, which was ineffective. 

Norris stood up and pulled the hostage off the couch to the floor and put his arm around them and put the knife to their throat. He refused to let them go, saying he would have to be shot and blamed the hostage, saying everything was their fault. 

The hostage tried to get Norris to stop and told him multiple times to remove the blanket because it was hot and they could not breathe. An officer asked him again to give the knife up and Norris threw a ceramic statue in the direction of an officer and said there you go. 

The hostage then asked Norris if he wanted a cigarette and was able to pull away from Norris a bit to get one. The hostage continued to move away, allowing two officers to tase Norris. Officers were then able to get the knife away from Norris using his blanket. 

Norris continued to resist, was secured in handcuffs and was placed in WRAP safety restraints. While he was being placed in the WARP he attempted to bite one of the officers. 

He was transported to Bothwell Regional Health Center per protocol for taser deployment and then the Pettis County Jail. 

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