Police have issued an all clear for the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus in Rolla after taking a suspect into custody at approximately 1 p.m. today. Faculty, staff and students may resume normal activities on campus.
According to the Rolla Police Department, at approximately 8:36 a.m. a male identified as Cody Nathaniel Willcoxson was seen at the entrance gate at Fort Leonard Wood with an AK-47. After being questioned by FLW Military Police the suspect fled the scene, and was pursued by members of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. and St. Robert Police Department in a silver passenger car. The suspect then began to shoot at the pursuing officers, and he headed east on I-44. Spike strips were set up on I-44 which resulted in the suspect exiting at the Rolla 184 Exit. The suspect then began shooting at Rolla Police officers and members of the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department as they pursued him. The suspect then drove through several areas in Rolla where he continued shooting at officers. The suspect vehicle stopped near McNutt Hall at Missouri S&T near University Drive/Hwy 63. The suspect fled from his vehicle on foot with a long rifle. Law enforcement officers established a perimeter around McNutt Hall and cleared the building.
Several minutes later the suspect broke into an occupied residence in the 1000 block of Crinoidal Ct. The suspect demanded the keys to the resident’s car and stole it. He later fled the scene in the stolen car.
At approximately 1 p.m., law enforcement officials apprehended the suspect. He is now in custody.