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).
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.”
The release says the agents were taken to the hospital as a precaution and have since been released. The DEA has not publicized their names.
The Springfield Police Department is investigating the shooting. The investigation will eventually be turned over to the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office for review and possible criminal charges.
Jasmine Bailey, spokeswoman for the department, said the agent who shot Slay was a DEA agent employed by the DEA St. Louis Division and not a task force officer employed by Springfield police.
Bailey said Springfield police did not make any arrests at the scene.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).