October 19, 2020

On October 13, 2020, Gasconade County Sheriff's Deputies assisted the Hermann Police Department with a pursuit initiated in their venue.

Through a joint investigation, it was determined the suspect, Joshua D. Blackburn, of Morrison, Missouri, arrived at a residence in the 200th block of Third Street in Morrison, Missouri. Blackburn left the residence with an adult victim and their infant child. A short time later, Blackburn failed to stop for the Hermann Police Department. Due to safety concerns, the Hermann Police Department and Gasconade County Sheriff's Deputies terminated the pursuit.

A no bond warrant was issued for Blackburn for Burglary 1st, Violation of Order of Protection for Adult, Violation of Order of Protection for Child, Resisting Arrest by Fleeing, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child Creating Substantial Risk 1st by the Gasconade County Courts.

On October 15, 2020, Gasconade County Sheriff's Deputies responded back the residence located in the 200th block of Third Street in Morrison, Missouri, for a report of a domestic disturbance between Blackburn and the adult victim. While deputies were in route, Gasconade County Central Communications advised the residence was now on fire and Morrison Fire Department was dispatched to the scene.

The Morrison Fire Department quickly extinguish the fire. Blackburn was not located after a search of the residence was conducted.

On October 16, 2020, Gasconade County Deputies responded back to the residence in the 200th block of Third Street in Morrison, Missouri, for a report of Blackburn, back at the residence.

Upon Deputies arrival, Blackburn, barricaded himself inside the residence. Blackburn was ultimately taken into custody after a short foot pursuit by Gasconade County Sheriff's Deputies without incident.

Blackburn was transported to the Osage County Detention Center pending further charges.

I want to thank the Osage County Sheriff's Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Hermann Police Department, Morrison Fire Department, and Hermann Ambulance for their assistance.

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Sheriff Scott Eiler
Gasconade County Sheriff's Office