Today, Fort Scott Police Department has received numerous reports of an individual making phone calls posing as a member of our department. During these phone calls, the caller either mentions a subpoena being issued due to a citation, or about a fine that needs to be paid.
We want to assure you that these calls are 100% fraudulent, and do not originate from our department or any department member. No member of our department or municipal court would make phone calls of this nature.
If you receive a call similar to the ones described here, please disregard and report it to FSPD at our non-emergency #: 620-223-1700
On Tuesday July 12th at approximately 2:30 p.m. Officers with the Fort Scott Police Department were dispatched to west side of Casey’s convenience store. Witnesses reported seeing a white male drop a cash register and then drive north on 69 highway in his vehicle.
At the same time Officers with the Fort Scott Police Department responded to Walgreen’s located at 2229 South Main and learned that a white male entered the store, went behind the counter, and removed the cash register and left the store. Nobody was injured during this incident.
Based on the eyewitness descriptions the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office located the suspect vehicle near Wagon Road and 69 highway. The vehicle was pursued but the suspect was not apprehended at this time.
Local Law Enforcement Agencies were notified of the pursuit and vehicle description. Vernon County Deputies located the vehicle on the east side of Nevada, Missouri and were able to take the suspect, Lewis A. Stein of St. Charles Missouri, into custody. Stein is being held in Vernon County Jail on separate charges. Local charges are pending.
All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Yesterday, 6/16/22, the body of a deceased male individual was located in the northern end of Gunn Park, near the Marmaton River. The deceased is now presumed to be 40 year old, Derrick Wayne Johnson of Fort Scott.
Confirmation of identity as well as cause of death will be determined by an impending autopsy, which is scheduled for Sunday, June 19th, 2022.
This investigation is on-going. Official updates will be released as we are able.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Johnson family.
On June 16, 2022 at approximately 10:45 a.m., members of the Fort Scott Fire Department, Fort Scott Police Department, Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office, and EMS responded to a report of a possible deceased individual in the woods at Gunn Park in the west part of the city, according to the FSPD Facebook page.
A deceased individual was subsequently located in the northern end of the park, near the river. The cause of death is currently under investigation. The name of the deceased individual is being withheld until the next of kin can be notified.
“We are currently waiting on the autopsy results to make a positive identification on this person,” said Sergeant Bill Downey FSPD Public Information Officer.