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New Charges Filed in Deputy Involved Shooting Case

Andrew County prosecutor Steven Stevenson has charged a St. Joseph woman for her involvement in an incident that led to a suspect being fatally shot by a Buchanan County deputy.
(SAVANNAH, Mo.) Andrew County prosecutor Steven Stevenson has charged a St. Joseph woman for her involvement in an incident that led to a suspect being fatally shot by a Buchanan County deputy.

Brittany Anderson, 24, is charged with third-degree assault of a law enforcement officer and second-degree property damage.

According to a probable cause statement, Anderson spit in the face of Andrew County deputy Chris Anderson and damaged a window in the deputy's vehicle.

The court document also reveals some new details about what happened near Amazonia on Halloween night.

Deputy Anderson states he arrived on the scene just before 11 p.m. after the Andrew County Sheriff's Office received information of a pursuit that eneded on County Road 373 near State Route T in Amazonia. Andrew County deputies also received information of shots fired and injuries.

Anderson stated he found Buchanan County's investigator Billy Paul Miller restraining a male and investigator BJ Fisher attempting to place Brittany Anderson into custody. Deputy Anderson began to assist Miller before turning his attention to Fisher and Anderson.

Fisher and deputy Anderson placed Brittany Anderson in hand restraints then put her into deputy Anderson's vehicle. Deputy Anderson then returned to assist Miller with the male subject, when he noticed injuries to Miller's leg. While assisting Miller, deputy Anderson said he heard a noise that sounded like grass cracking from his vehicle.

After returning to his vehicle, he attempted to calm Brittany Anderson down and saw damage to a back window of his vehicle. Anderson cursed at the deputy, and after placing her back in the vehicle, deputy Anderson says she spit through an open window into his face.

Eric C. Auxier, 28, of Gower was shot and killed by a Buchanan County deputy that night. Which deputy shot Auxier, has not been released. Auxier allegedly rammed his vehicle into the deputies' car, resulting in Miller's injuries. Buchanan County Sheriff Mike Strong said the deputy was placed on administrative leave.

The case was turned over to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Sgt. Sheldon Lyon said the patrol's investigation could take several weeks to complete.

No charges have been filed against the male subject restrained by Miller. Anderson's arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 3.
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