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Suspect identified involving multiple-county pursuit, manhunt


The suspect involved in Saturdays multiple county incident has been identified. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said the suspect was involved in multiple incidents throughout the day involving Vernon, Barton, and Cedar counties. Mosher said it was reported that shots had been fired at a deputy and members of the Nevada Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol responded along with deputies from each county. Because three separate counties were involved, the three Sheriff's requested the Missouri State Highway Patrol conduct the investigation as one incident. The investigation is ongoing.


The suspect has been identified as 32-year-old Brenton Lee Ross of Kansas City, MO and is being held with no bond. Mosher said additional details regarding the incident will be released after the Missouri State Highway Patrol has completed its investigation into the incident.

A warrant issued Sunday in Vernon County includes the following charges:

  • Assault 1st degree
  • Two counts of Armed Criminal Action
  • Two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon
  • Two counts of Assault 2nd degree
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
  • Receiving Stolen Property
  • Two counts of Tampering With a Motor Vehicle
  • Trafficking Drugs Or Attempt 1st Degree
  • Resisting Arrest

Ross is being held in the Cedar County jail and is awaiting transfer to the Vernon County Jail.