News release issued by Crawford County, Kansas Sheriff's Office
On 03-11-13, Crawford County 911 Dispatch received a call from St. Clair County, Illinois 911 Center regarding a caller who claimed to have shot himself. The subject, who identified himself as Shaun Simpson was contacted by Crawford County 911. Simpson requested an ambulance be dispatched to 108 N. Lincoln St. in Mulberry, KS, saying that he shot himself with a harpoon.
Simpson was very irate and uncooperative when asked for more information by dispatchers. He disconnected with 911 several times after repeated call backs. He then advised Missouri Highway Patrol dispatch in St. Louis that he was armed with a shotgun and would shoot law enforcement or the next person he sees. Deputies and Crawford County EMS staged in the area while a negotiator attempted to contact Simpson. After failed attempts to have Simpson come out of the residence or communicate with deputies, Simpson's cell phone provider was contacted to locate where Simpson was calling from.
After emphasizing time and again that he was inside the residence at Mulberry, deputies made entry and found the home unoccupied. Crawford County 911 received information from the cell phone provider that the calls were originating in the St. Louis area. After further attempts to locate the caller, Cahokia, Illinois Police were able to locate Simpson in their city.
Simpson is a current resident of Mulberry and 108 N. Lincoln is his listed address. Cahokia Police took him into custody. They believe that Simpson was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of his arrest.
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