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Published February 19, 2020

Gerbes robbery suspect critical after gunshot to head


CAMDENTON – A man sought for allegedly robbing the Gerbes Supermarket in Camdenton is in critical condition (as of press time) after a gunshot wound to the head.

The incident occurred on Sunday, February 9 when officers with the Camdenton Police Department (CPD) were dispatched to the store on East Highway 54 in reference to an armed robbery.

Officers learned a male subject, later identified as Clayton G. Phillips, 29, of Macks Creek, MO, allegedly approached the pharmacy, jumped the counter, brandished a firearm and stole several hundred prescription pills.

He then fled in a black GMC Sierra truck.

The CPD released a still image of the suspect (taken from a security camera) and asked for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.

Thanks to community input, officers were able to identify a suspect and after conferring with the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, obtained a search warrant for the property.

Due to the serious nature of the crime, The Missouri State Highway Patrol Swat Team was called to assist in serving the warrant.

Law enforcement personnel met at the Camden County Sheriffs office at 8 p.m. to prepare for the search warrant and later responded at the property located on Upper Prairie Hollow Road in Macks Creek to serve the warrant.

According to the CPD, Phillips barricaded himself in the house and shortly thereafter officers heard one gunshot.

Upon entering the residence, Phillips was found with a gunshot wound to the head. There was no one else at the residence at the time the search warrant was served.

He was transported to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

A truck matching the suspect vehicle was also located at the residence and seized.

The CPD, Camden County Sheriff’s Office and The Missouri State Highway Patrol are continuing to work together in the investigation.

According to the CPD, Phillips is listed in critical condition at University of Missouri Hospital.

“We would ask the public’s understanding in this situation,” a CPD spokesman said. “This appears to be yet another tragic event in the opioid crisis. Regardless of his actions, our compassion goes out the family in this difficult time.”

Except for basic traffic infractions, Phillips had no past serious run-ins with the law according to the Camden County Courts.

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