Armed and dangerous suspect in Carthage homicide may be in Lamar area

Armed and dangerous suspect in Carthage homicide may be in Lamar area

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The Lamar Police Department issued a statement on its Facebook page earlier this evening that the armed and dangerous suspect, Lane J. Stephens, 29, Carthage, wanted in connection with the shooting death of one person and the wounding of another at the Quality Inn in Carthage may be in the Lamar area.

There is a possibility this subject is in the Lamar area tonight. We have no concrete evidence that he is; but officers are searching and following any leads. If you see someone matching this description, please call 417-682-3546 or 911 if it is an emergency. Please stay safe.

Earlier, the Carthage Police Department updated its Facebook page with this alert:

Suspect was last seen wearing a green sleeveless shirt and carrying a blue backpack after being dropped off in Lamar, Missouri near the Lamar Lake. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of the suspect please call 911. He is considered armed and dangerous so please use caution.

Earlier Carthage Police Department news release
The Carthage Police Department is is currently working a homicide at 2701 S. Hazel (Quality Inn). One victim was pronounced deceased on scene and another victim sustained gunshot wound and was transported by EMS to a local hospital listed in stable condition. 
The suspect Lane J Stephens 29-year-old white male of the Carthage area was last seen at 1937 S. Garrison where a victim reported the suspect stole her vehicle at knife point. The suspect then fled that scene in her White 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe with Missouri license plate of 2KBH01.

The suspect is to be considered armed and dangerous. If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of the listed suspect please call 911.


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