DEA says altercation preceded shooting in Springfield

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The Drug Enforcement Administration said Monday’s shooting of a Springfield man by a DEA agent from the St. Louis Division was preceded by a physical altercation.

Authorities say an agent fatally shot 25-year-old Caleb Slay on Monday afternoon outside of a home in the 1800 block of South Maryland Avenue in Springfield.

On Tuesday, the DEA released more information on the encounter.

According to a news release from the DEA, agents went to Maryland Avenue on Monday to conduct surveillance when they saw someone commit a possible violation of federal law (the release does not specify what the alleged violation was, or whether this individual was arrested). 

More:DEA special agent shoots, kills alleged suspect in Springfield

Springfield Police investigate a shooting scene on South Maryland Avenue on Monday, Nov. 2020.

DEA agents went to confront the suspect who possibly committed the violation, when they say Slay approached the agents.

The release says there was a physical altercation between Slay and the agents, and one of the agents fatally shot Slay.

Authorities implied that Slay was armed, saying in the news release “a firearm was recovered at the scene.”

More:Springfield police assisting DEA Maryland Avenue shooting investigation

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