Police: Wanted man shoots on-duty Monroe City police officer

2 years 9 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, January 14 2016 Jan 14, 2016 Thursday, January 14, 2016 12:40:22 PM CST January 14, 2016 in News
By: Katie Grunik, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

MONROE CITY - The Monroe City Police Department said Thursday it had a man in custody after he shot an on-duty officer. The man was wanted in connection with a murder and assault earlier in the week.  

According to the Monroe City Police Department, Timothy Brokes shot an officer who returned gunfire. Police said the officer was receiving treatment and his name would not be released as of Thursday.  

According to our affiliate WGEM-TV, Brokes shot at the officer Wednesday night on Main Street near the high school.  The report said the officer returned fire and shot Brokes.

Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn told WGEM-TV Brokes was shot in the leg. The Marion County Sheriff's Office said the officer was shot in the leg and expected him to undergo surgery for a broken femur Thursday.

WGEM-TV reported Brokes had a woman with him, but deputies were not sure if the woman was with him against her will or not. An endangered person advisory had been issued just after 4:30 p.m. for 34-year-old June Bea Smith. Police said they were unsure if she was kidnapped or if she was an accomplice. 

The sheriff's office told WGEM-TV the missing person incident happened at the time of the murder. As of Thursday, no one had heard from Smith. She is 5 feet, 4 inches tall, 190 pounds, has brown hair, hazel eyes and a fair complexion.

According to WGEM-TV, Brokes is accused of shooting Brittany Gaunch multiple times in the torso and killing her. Shinn told WGEM-TV Gaunch's husband was found laying in the driveway with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. He was in in critical condition Wednesday.

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