Man who allegedly fired at police during wild chase in Cass County dies after shot

Preston Ray Holloway
Preston Ray Holloway Missouri Department of Corrections

A 27-year-old Houston, Texas, man has died following an officer-involved shooting late Wednesday in Cass County.

The Missouri Highway Patrol identified the man as Preston Ray Holloway. Holloway allegedly fired upon Belton police officers during a traffic stop and then led police on a wild chase where he fired at a passing motorist, carjacked an SUV and fled into Raymore, where he was fatally wounded.

Holloway, who had two felony arrest warrants out of Jackson County, died about 6:40 a.m. Thursday at a hospital, according to the highway patrol.

The incident began about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when Belton police tried to pull Holloway over for not having a license plate and suspicious activity. Holloway, however, allegedly fled before stopping. Dashcam video shows Holloway opening his driver’s side door and firing at officers near Ella and C streets in Belton, the highway patrol said.

Belton police advised that they were pursing a red Ford Explorer south on Interstate 49 after the shots were fired. Two troopers were in the area on a traffic stop and successfully used a tire deflation device to disable the Explorer.

Holloway allegedly got out of the Explorer and pointed a gun to his head. He then allegedly walked down the interstate, pointed the gun at vehicles and fired at a passing driver, according to the highway patrol.

Holloway then allegedly forced a driver out of a white GMC Terrain and used it to flee north on I-49. Troopers, a Cass County sheriff’s deputy and Raymore police officers pursued the vehicle into Raymore.

Holloway got out of the Terrain in a subdivision near North Dean Avenue and West Lucy Webb Road. He allegedly walked away from officers while pointing the gun at his own head and at officers, according to the highway patrol.

Troopers advised at 11:50 p.m. that shots were fired and that Holloway was hit. He was taken to a hospital where he died hours later.

Authorities found a handgun at the scene where Holloway was taken into custody. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

According to court documents, warrants for his arrest were issued in two separate cases in Jackson County circuit court after he missed hearings, including a preliminary hearing on Tuesday in a felony drug case.

The Missouri Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control is investigating the shooting. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department, Belton Police Department and Raymore Police Department are assisting with the investigation.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb