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HOLDEN — Jason M. Jones, 39, Kansas City, Kansas, is in custody after the fatal shooting of Robert W. Horton, 41, Holden.

The Holden Police Department and Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, to the report of gun shots in the700 block of South Market Street in Holden.

A press release from the Sheriff’s Office states that witnesses reported to dispatch that a subject exited the residence with a firearm and fled the scene in a vehicle.

Upon arrival to the residence, officers and deputies located Horton deceased from a gunshot wound.

Law enforcement located and interviewed several witnesses and a search began for the suspect.

During the investigation, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper located a vehicle traveling north on U.S. Highway 131 at Highway HH in Lafayette County and conducted a traffic stop. Jones was taken into custody.

A press release from the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office states Jones has been charged in a 22 count felony complaint with no bond.

Charges include a class A felony charge of murder in the first degree, nine class U felony charges of armed criminal action, a class B felony charge of burglary in the first degree, a class B felony of domestic assault in the first degree, a class A felony charge of murder in the second degree, a class D felony charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, two class A felony charges of unlawful use of a weapon, a class B felony charge of assault in the first degree and five class D felony charges of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree.

A press release states the charges are a result of work by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Holden Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office.

“This is a great example of how teamwork throughout agencies is an essential tool when investigating crimes of this nature and capturing those responsible,” Johnson County Sheriff Scott Munsterman said.

“The Sheriff’s Office sends our condolences to all involved and to the victim’s family, friends and loved ones,” a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office press release states.

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