Springfield police arrested a Springfield man involved in the hit-and-run crash that killed the manager of campus safety at Missouri State.
According to a press release by the Springfield Police Department, on July 18 around 7 p.m., officers responded to a crash on Campbell and Republic.
“A gray Kia SUV traveling northbound, struck the passenger side of an orange Mitsubishi Hatchback, traveling southbound,” SPD said. “Officers received information that the southbound vehicle was struck by another vehicle which caused it to lose control, cross the center of the road and collide with the northbound vehicle.”
Police believed the third vehicle was a stolen Budget Rental box truck, which fled the scene.
The driver of the Mitsubishi was Matthew Brown, former manager of campus safety. According to the SPD, he was transported to a local hospital where he died.
Officials believed the stolen box truck was involved in another crash that same evening on Sunshine and National where the truck hit a car carrying a family.
The family survived, but the mother suffered multiple broken bones and underwent multiple surgeries.
Eight days later on July 26, SPD detectives found a Ford Escape on Madison Avenue they “(believe) to be involved in the theft of a Budget Rental truck that was subsequently involved in a fatality crash at Campbell Avenue and Republic Road on July 18,” a press release said.
Officials arrested 27-year-old Shannon Shaffer.
Shaffer was charged with second-degree murder, second-degree assault, leaving the scene of a crash, first-degree tampering and driving while license revoked.
Even though an arrest was made, SPD is still investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-8477.