A Texas man has died after exchanging gunfire with authorities in Cass County, MO, late Wednesday night.
The incident started at about 11:31 p.m., when the Belton Police Department attempted to pull over a red Ford Explorer, driven by Preston Ray Holloway, 27, of Houston, TX, for suspicious activity and driving without a license plate. Instead, Holloway opened the door and began firing at officers before driving south on Interstate 49.
Two Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers were working a traffic stop at the 170 mile marker, at the time, and were able to stop the vehicle using stop sticks.
After being stopped, Holloway, got out of his vehicle and pointed a gun at his own head. He then walked down the interstate pointing the gun at passing vehicles and at one point firing a shot. The man then forced another driver out of a white GMC Terrain and began driving north into Raymore, MO.
"There were shots fired at innocent motorists, while he exited first vehicle and before he got in second vehicle, he was shooting," MSHP Sergeant Collin Stosberg said.
Authorities followed Holloway and stopped him in a subdivision near N Dean Avenue and Lucy Webb Road.
Holloway again began walking away from officers and pointed the gun at his own head before turning it towards the officers.
At about 11:50 p.m., troopers say shots were fired. Holloway was seriously injured during the gunfire and was taken to an area hospital.
Troopers recovered a handgun at the scene.
According to court records, Holloway has two active felony warrants for his arrest from Jackson County, MO.
At 6:14 a.m. Holloway was pronounced dead at the hospital.
No other injuries were reported.
"Our goal is to keep everyone safe and thankfully the motorist who had his vehicle taken, it's a scary situation and we're thankful that everything, um, that there are no injuries from this incident," Stosberg said.
"No vehicles were hit, thankfully, and no citizens were hurt," Stosberg added. "We're thankful for that, this could have been a lot worse than it was."
The shooting is being investigated by the MSHP’s Drug and Crime Control division.
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