Feb 22, 2021 7:28 PM

Identity of man shot and killed by Livingston County deputy released

Posted Feb 22, 2021 7:28 PM

By BRENT MARTIN and TOMMY REZAC

St. Joseph Post

The identity of a man shot and killed by a Livingston County deputy has been released in an ongoing investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

34-year-old Timothy D. Frandson, of Marceline, Missouri, was shot after reportedly attacking a deputy while inside a patrol car.

Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox  said in a news release that a Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputy shot and killed Frandson after he became violent and attacked the deputy in his patrol car.

Cox says the deputy fired at least one shot. Frandson was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident happened on Friday evening shortly before 6:30 p.m. when Chillicothe Dispatch received a call about a one-vehicle accident on U.S. 36 east of Chillicothe. The deputy arrived on the scene shortly after the call, and found an unoccupied vehicle.

Foot tracks were visible in the snow, heading toward timber. Frandson then approached the deputy and made comments which raised questions about his mental health. The deputy talked with Frandson, who handed the deputy some type of suspected drug and personal items.

It appears the deputy became comfortable enough to invite Frandson to sit with him in the front seat of his patrol car. As they talked, Frandson turned violent and attack the deputy, according to the release.

“The assault on the deputy continued and our officer was forced to pull his duty weapon but the assault continued and the duty weapon was discharged with at least one round striking the suspect who was later pronounced dead at the scene," Sherriff Cox said in the release.

The deputy was taken by ambulance to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe for treatment of injuries sustained in the attack. He was released from the hospital later on Friday evening.

Cox has requested the Division of Drug and Crime Control to investigate the shooting.

Chillicothe Police, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services assisted at the scene. 

Livingston County Coroner J. Scott Lindley was summoned to the scene.