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Man pleads guilty in Mansfield 2018 highway trooper shooting

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It’s been nearly four years since Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Robert D. Crewse was shot twice by a suspect after investigating a suspicious vehicle near Mansfield.

The suspect arrested in the shooting, 35-year-old Colby M. Rey, of Orlando, Fla., officially entered a guilty plea on Feb. 8 for an incident that took place the morning of July 18, 2018.

He received multiple counts of both first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon as well as resisting or interfering with a felony arrest along with one charge of armed criminal action.

In a Mansfield Mirror article from 2018, Trooper Crewse had responded to Clouse Road, north of Mansfield, after a report of a suspicious vehicle.

He arrived and located a single person in the vehicle and was provided a fictitious name by the individual.

A registration check revealed the license plates were registered to a different vehicle. When Rey was asked to exit the vehicle, he became agitated and refused to comply.

A second trooper and a Mansfield police officer arrived on the scene to assist.

At that time, Rey, in the vehicle, produced a hand gun and began firing at the officers.

The officers returned fire, and the suspect was hit several times.

Trooper Crewse was later treated at a local hospital for his gunshot wounds and his he fortunately did not have life threatening injuries resulting from the incident

Rey’s official sentencing has been set for May 16.

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