MCFALL, Mo. – A man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a person whose body was found in a burning home over the weekend apparently killed himself during a standoff with law enforcement officers in northwest Missouri.
David Call, 50, of Kansas City, died Monday night inside a home near the Gentry County town of McFall, Trenton Police Chief Tommy Wright said. Call was charged earlier Monday with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, second-degree arson and the abandonment of a corpse after firefighters found a body inside a burning home on Sunday in Trenton, The St. Joseph News-Press reported.
Call fired upon officers when they arrived to arrest him and then barricaded himself in the house, said Sgt. Jake Angle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Authorities tracked Call to the home in McCall, a Gentry County town of about 90 residents about 50 miles northeast of St. Joseph, by following his cell phone pings because he was a person of interest in the Trenton case.
No one was injured during the standoff.
Negotiators lost contact with Call just after 8 p.m., Angle said.
“At that time, a SWAT team entered the residence and found the suspect deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot,” Angle said.
No other details were released about the Trenton case, including the identification and gender of the victim.