(Update: 11:59 a.m. 08/15/14) Cooper Co. authrpoities have announced that Steding succumbed to his injuries and died just after 10 a.m. Friday.
Following a burglary and a vehicle fire Thursday afternoon, a standoff took place in Bunceton ending with the suspect being flown to the hospital. According to reports from the Cooper County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were responding to a burglary when they were dispatched to the car fire in the small community. After checking the area police found the vehicle to have been stolen from Boonville earlier in the day. Further investigation led officers to the home of Jason Steding, 31, where he was found to have a firearm and shot at police multiple times. Negotiations continued until about 6 p.m. when Steding exited the residence and shot himself. He was flown to University Hospital where he is listed in critical condition. The investigation will continue into the incidents.
Press Release from Cooper County Sheriff’s Office
On Thursday, August 14th, Shortly before 1 o’clock, Cooper County Deputies were dispatched to a Burglary in progress in southeast Cooper County. While Deputies were responding to the burglary call they were advised of a vehicle fire near Bunceton. Information obtained during investigation, while enroute to the calls, quickly pointed to a known individual from the Bunceton area.
Upon arrival at the vehicle fire officers discovered that the burning vehicle was one that had been stolen from Boonville earlier in the day. Further investigation led Deputies to a residence in Bunceton where they tried to make contact with the suspect from the burglary. Deputies also had reason to believe this 31 year old Bunceton man was responsible for the vehicle fire.
When Deputies and other officers attempted to make contact with the man, at the residence, he brandished a handgun and fired multiple times at one of the officers at the scene. There was a brief exchange of gunfire and officers quickly sat up a perimeter and began negotiations with the man in an attempt to get him to surrender. Negotiations continued on an off over the next several hours.
Shortly before 6pm the suspect, Jason E. Steding, exited the residence and shot himself once causing serious injury. He was lifeflighted to University Hospital where the last information from the hospital indicated Steding remains in critical condition. Investigation into the incidents will continue.