March 18, 2002
Man killed after he got item bought with stolen credit card, sheriff says.
March 17, 2002
New details come out on shooting
By Angela Wilson
Police questioned six more people in a burglary investigation Saturday afternoon, a day after a suspect in that case was shot and killed by detectives with the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.
Stanley Ray Duggins, 28, was killed Friday as he tried to receive what officials say was property purchased with a stolen credit card. A Saturday autopsy showed that Duggins died of two gunshot wounds to the upper torso, said David Brown, investigator with the Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office. Toxicology reports should be back in about two weeks, and ballistics and forensic testing will also be conducted, Brown said.
Officials are unsure where Duggins, 28, was from because he possessed numerous IDs at the time of the shooting, said Greene County Sheriff Jack Merritt. His family lives out of state, Merritt said.
Duggins was wanted in Taney County on a probation violation for writing bad checks and receiving stolen property.
In other details released at a press conference, Sheriff’s Department Capt. George Larbey said a sweep of Duggins’ truck uncovered a loaded .44-caliber Magnum revolver with two speed loaders, Sheriff’s Department Capt. George Larbey said. The gun matches the description of a weapon taken during a burglary March 3 of a storage unit south of Springfield, he said. It was found in a small bag containing a powered drug, marijuana, pills and drug paraphernalia, he said.
Before the shooting, three plainclothes detectives were following Duggins, a suspect in the storage-unit burglary. More than $16,000 worth of household goods stored by a young couple building a home was taken.
The detectives traced Duggins to the crime after he allegedly used a stolen credit card number to purchase a Gateway computer via the Internet. It was delivered to Mailbox Express in James River Plaza, in the 1300 block of East Republic Road, Merritt said. Duggins parked in front of the business and went inside. Detectives pulled their Jeep behind Duggins’ truck and waited.
After Duggins put the box in his truck, officers identified themselves and said he was under arrest. Detectives told him to get down.
“He shook his head ‘no’ as he jumped in the vehicle,” Merritt said.
Duggins continued to shake his head as he started the engine. One detective stood between the truck and Jeep. The other two — who fired the shots — were positioned in front of the truck on the driver’s side.
As the detectives continued to yell at him, Duggins put the truck in reverse and peeled out of the space, ramming into the Jeep. He barely missed the detective, who hit the ground to avoid injury.
“The other officer thought he had been struck,” Merritt said.
It was unclear when the two detectives pulled their weapons. But when Duggins put the truck in drive and attempted to hit them, they fired six rounds, striking the driver’s window and door, Merritt said.
As detectives opened the door of the truck, Duggins said to them, “‘Why did you shoot me?’” Merritt said.
Duggins was pronounced dead about 40 minutes later at Cox Medical Center South.
In the ongoing burglary investigation, search warrants were served at four locations by officials with the Missouri Highway Patrol, Springfield Police Department, Combined Ozarks Multi-jurisdictional Enforcement Team and Greene County Sheriff’s Department.
Six people voluntarily submitted to questioning by officials Saturday.
Information found during the searches and in questioning led the Sheriff’s Department to another suspect in the burglary. No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed. Officers also seized two meth labs.
Friday night’s shooting was the first in 20 years involving officers with the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, Merritt said. With two detectives involved, it’s unclear who fired the fatal shots, he said.
The Springfield Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation into the shooting, which will coincide with an internal investigation by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.
All three detectives are on paid administrative leave until those investigations are complete. They started counseling after the Friday night incident, which is standard procedure.
“There’s always regrets when lives are taken,” Merritt said.