Two men were arrested and one man died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound last Wednesday after the three suspects robbed a bank in Martinsburg before evading police in nearby Montgomery City.
Audrain County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Matt Oller and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Matt Schoo along with Montgomery City Chief of Police David Turner gave details of the ordeal during a media briefing the evening of Wednesday, November 2.
The long day began when suspects stole a car in Callaway County from a government building in the morning.
Three suspects reportedly drove around in the vehicle before eventually reaching Martinsburg Bank and Trust in Martinsburg, Mo.
At around 2:20 p.m., the suspects robbed the Martinsburg Bank and Trust.
Approximately 30 minutes later, the black Ford Escape was spotted by a Montgomery County deputy and a pursuit ensued. During a long pursuit, it was reported that the suspects opened fire on the deputies chasing their vehicle.
The suspects eventually crashed their vehicle into the side of a home. During the foot chase, one of the suspects exchanged shots with some of the pursuing officers.
Two of the suspects were apprehended and later a third suspect was found dead hiding in a local residence.
During the manhunt in Montgomery City, some residents were evacuated from their homes for safety. It affected approximately a dozen homes.
At around 5:15 p.m., law enforcement helped with the dismissal of students from the Montgomery County R-III School District.
Cecil W. Golden, age 23, and David Franklin, age 22, were arrested at the end of the pursuit and have been charged with First Degree Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer, Armed Criminal Action, First Degree Tampering with a Motor Vehicle and resisting arrest in Montgomery County and they remain in the Montgomery County Jail without bond. Bond hearings are scheduled for November 7, 2016 in Montgomery County. Charges have been applied for in Audrain County for First Degree Robbery and are expected today.
The third suspect, Wade T. Sargent, 23, was found inside of a Montgomery City residence, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The last known address for all three men was the Missouri Department of Corrections Community Supervision Center in Fulton, Callaway County, Missouri.
Federal charges may be forthcoming later after a review of the facts by the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri.
“Communication was very good between all of the agencies and re-sponse was timely. You couldn’t ask for better,” Oller told the media.
Press release from Audrain County Sheriff’s Office
Regarding the Bank Robbery and pursuit in Audrain and Montgomery Counties on November 2, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office wishes to acknowledge the men and women who represent the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Wellsville Police Department, the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office, the Montgomery City Police Department, the Jonesburg Police Department, the Martinsburg Police Department, the High Hill Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The rapid, cooperative effort of those agencies, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Aircraft Division brought this incident to closure as safely as possible.
Within minutes the MSHP Aircraft Division provided a FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) equipped aircraft, and could maintain the location of the suspects when officers on the ground could not. They also allowed the officers on the ground who were being fired upon by the suspects to maintain a safe distance from the gunfire during the pursuit without the risk of losing the suspect vehicle and further endangering the public. Actions like these are in the best spirit of law enforcement, and Mid-Missouri should be proud that so many agencies came together and helped minimize the risk to all involved, including the public.