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MSHP identifies man killed by Livingston County deputy

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Posted at 1:04 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 14:04:16-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the man shot to death Friday by a Livingston County Sheriff’s Office deputy near Chillicothe.

According to Troop H investigators, which is investigating the deadly encounter, a Livingston County deputy killed Timothy D. Frandson, 34, of Marceline, Missouri, inside his patrol vehicle.

The deputy, who was taken by ambulance to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe after being attacked by Frandson, has not been identified.

The deputy was investigating a one-vehicle crash around 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 along U.S. 36 east of Chillicothe when he encountered Frandson, who had walked from the car toward a nearby treeline, Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox said in a release from his office Friday night.

The deputy became concerned about Frandson’s “possible mental health problems” before he handed over “some type of suspected drug and personal item(s),” the sheriff said in a release.

At some point, the conversation moved to the patrol vehicle, which is where Frandson allegedly tried to grab the deputy’s microphone and “continued aggressively attacking” the deputy, who pulled his service weapon and fired “at least one round.”

Frandson was pronounced dead at the scene.

The deputy was treated and released from the hospital Friday night.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control is investigating the incident along with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, the patrol said via social media.

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