JEFFERSON CITY (KMOX) – Parents from a local youth hockey team dove for cover as a double-murder suspect was shot by police at a Jefferson City hotel late Saturday night.
44-year-old Marvin Rice, a former Dent County sheriff’s deputy, led officers on a hundred-mile-an hour car chase, ending at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, according to the Columbia Tribune. Rice allegedly shot two people, a man and woman, at a home in rural Dent County.
Police tracked Rice through his cell phone and chased him to the hotel, which is near the Missouri state capitol.
(Video of chase in Jefferson City)
“He pulled into the lot, jumped out of his car without even putting it in park and the car continued to hit another vehicle in the parking lot.” Dan Hancock and his wife were at the hotel for a Christmas party. “He ran inside and that’s when the shooting started.”
Also at the hotel at the time, members of the Twin Bridges hockey club from Granite City, Illinois.
Mother Tammy Poiter said parents and sons were sitting down to watch the Blues game and check out their game schedule for the next day when “all of a sudden we heard gunshots.”
“We had two dads that were downstairs when this happened and they were diving down onto the floor,” she described. “They didn’t know which way to go. They were thinking that if they got behind a wall, the gunshot could still go through the wall.”
Only the suspect was shot. His condition wasn’t immediately released by authorities. Nobody else was hurt.
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