Bates County deputies shoot at truck during pursuit; 19-year-old driver charged

Quentin E. Ginther, 19, of Kansas City
Quentin E. Ginther, 19, of Kansas City Bates County, Mo., Sheriff's Office

A 19-year-old is in jail and two Bates County, Mo., deputies are on leave pending an investigation into an officer-involved shooting Saturday.

Quentin E. Ginther of Kansas City has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault or attempted assault of two deputies.

According to court records, at about 10:30 a.m. a deputy saw Ginther's truck stopped on County Road N.E. 1253 in rural Adrian, Mo., and tried to talk to him. The deputy turned on his patrol car lights and pulled in front of the truck, but Ginther drove off and the deputy pursued.

Ginther pulled into someone's driveway and hit a tree, court records said. Again, the deputy pulled his vehicle in front of the truck. As the deputy was getting out, Ginther allegedly rammed the patrol car with his truck. That's when authorities say the deputy fired "several rounds" into the truck.

The truck kept going and was westbound on County Road 14504 when it came upon another Bates County sheriff's deputy. Court records said Ginther "sped at" the deputy, and the deputy fired "several times into the truck."

Ginther crashed his vehicle at Missouri KK, just north of Missouri 18 in rural Bates County.

Ginther ran from deputies but was taken into custody by a barn.

The deputies had minor injuries and were placed on administrative leave while the investigation, led by the neighboring Cass County Sheriff's Office, conducts its investigation. Both the deputies told authorities that they feared for their lives when they fired shots at Ginther's truck.

Ginther pleaded not guilty to the assault charges Monday in circuit court. A pretrial conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 2 in the case. He remains in the Bates County jail with bond set at $100,000, cash only.

Court records show Ginther is facing criminal charges in other cases in Clay and Cass counties, including possession of a defaced firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.