Police Look for Holts Summit Murder Suspect

8 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Monday, January 03 2011 Jan 3, 2011 Monday, January 03, 2011 9:57:36 AM CST January 03, 2011 in News

HOLTS SUMMIT -  Holts Summit Police Chief Kyle McIntyre said Sunday they have no suspects in the murder of 52-year-old Paul Plunkett. Plunkett was shot and killed in his home on Saturday afternoon.

Chief McIntyre said police received a 911 call saying there was a man in the road with a gun. That call came from Plunkett's wife, who then found him dead in their home on the 200 block of Major Terrace.

Plunkett was shot in the head. He was transported by ambulance to Holts Summit Fire Department to be airlifted to University Hospital, but medics at the fire department pronounced him dead.

McIntyre said the investigation is still ongoing and police are following a few leads. He would not say whether or not the suspect could have been related to Plunkett.

McIntyre told KOMU that Plunkett was a retired Jefferson City police officer who owned a local pest control business. During his time at the Jefferson City Police Department, Plunkett served in several capacities including the SWAT team, Field Training, and Community Policing Team.

"Paul, in many respects, was the ideal police officer, mentor, and friend," said Captain Shoemaker of the Jefferson City Police Department.  

 

Neighbors said around 1:00p.m. a Holts Summit police officer arrived at the scene and entered Plunkett's home. Shortly after, several other officers and highway patrolmen arrived. They also said two helicopters began circling after the police officers arrived on scene.

 

Neighbors also said Plunkett's wife, Sandra came out of the house almost two hours later and left with friends. The neighbors saw her car towed around 10:30 Saturday night.

 

Holts Summit police are asking the public to provide any tips to Callaway County Crimestoppers of directly to the police station at 896-4678.

 

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