Man, former official, accused of killing kids "liked and respected"
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A former mayor of Bourbon, Missouri said the man involved in a deadly Springfield standoff Monday had been liked and respected when he was Bourbon's top police official years ago.
Mary Heywood was mayor of Bourbon between 1997 and 2006. She said William Williams, who is believed to have killed his two children before killing himself, had previously served as city marshal - the equivalent of a police chief in the community of about 1,500. She said Williams left Bourbon in 2006.
Another former mayor, Mark Nilges, told the Springfield News-Leader that he thought Williams was a friendly person.
Authorities said Williams fatally shot his 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. Police said the children were likely dead before officers entered Williams' apartment and ended a 23-hour standoff.