The following is a transcript of a probable cause statement filed Friday in the case of the shooting incident in Aurora last Saturday. The statement from Highway Patrol Sergeant Daniel Nash outlines facts supporting the belief that one or more criminal offenses were committed by Mason Lee Farris.

On May 5, 2018, at approximately 1331 hours, [redacted] placed a telephone call to an Aurora Police Department Detective. [Redacted] advised the detective that she was with Savannah Hill and that they would be picking up Mason Farris and that he was a current fugitive with a warrant for his arrest. [Redacted] stated that they would be traveling toward White Park. This detective was not on duty when he received this information, but forwarded this information to the on-duty officers of the Aurora Police Department.

On May 5, 2018, at approximately 1502 hours, Savannah R. Hill contacted the Aurora Missouri Police Department and advised that she was in the bathroom at Casey's on Business 60 in Aurora, Missouri and that Mason Farris was a passenger in the rear seat of her vehicle. Hill advised the police department that she knew that Farris was a fugitive and wanted by the police. Hill advised that if the police try and arrest Farris at Casey's he will run on foot, but if they stop her vehicle as she leaves the store and drives toward Verona, Missouri, he will not be able to exit her vehicle due to the child safety locks. Aurora Police confirmed that Farris had an active warrant for a Parole Violation and that officers had been attempting to locate at arrest him for the previous week. This information was forwarded by dispatch to the patrol officers at the Aurora Police Department.

At approximately 1510 hours, a marked Aurora Police vehicle with two uniformed Aurora Police Officers attempted to stop Hills' vehicle as it left the Casey's on Business 60, Aurora, Missouri. A second marked Aurora Police vehicle with one officer was behind the first vehicle providing assistance.

The vehicle stopped at 1020 West South Street, Aurora, Missouri. As the first two officers approached the vehicle on foot, the officers witnessed a white male in the rear seat look at them and attempt to exit the vehicle through the rear door. When the male could not exit the vehicle, the male appeared to move toward or into the front seat of the vehicle. The vehicle then accelerated at a high rate of speed in reverse, causing the rear tires to break traction and then struck one of the Aurora Police officers, knocking him to the ground. The impact with this officer resulted in a dent in the rear of the vehicle and the rear back glass to break and be ejected from the vehicle. This impact also injured the Aurora Police officer.

The second Aurora Police officer, thinking that the vehicle was going to run over the first officer as he was lying on the ground and fearing for his own life as the vehicle continued in reverse toward them, fired his department issued duty weapon at the driver attempting to stop the threat.

After the shots, the vehicle stopped and the male exited the vehicle from the passenger side front seat and attempted to flee on foot. Officers attempted to subdue the subject and were forced to mace the male subject to take him into custody. This male was identified as Mason Lee Farris. The front seat passenger identified as [redacted] exited the vehicle and complied with directions from the police. Savannah Hill was struck by one of the projectiles fired by the officer and sustained life-threatening injuries. Hill died from these injuries on May 7, 2018 at 1257 hours.

In an interview, [redacted] admitted that she was with Farris for a few nights previously and that he ran from the police on foot to avoid being arrested and snt back to prison. [Redacted] also admitted that she called an Aurora Police Detective prior to the shooting and provided him information about Farris's location.

[Redacted] advised that Hill was stopping the vehicle during the traffic stop, Mason came up into the front seat and yelled, "Don't Stop." [Redacted] stated that Farris was trying to push Hill's leg down forcing it onto the accelerator and trying to get into the driver's seat. [Redacted] advised that she tried to help by grabbing the gear shift and attempting to put the vehicle into park, but was not sure if she got the vehicle into park.

Two independent witnesses also saw the incident and advised that the vehicle accelerated in reverse at a high rate of speed, striking the officer and knocking him to the ground. The witnesses advised that the second officer then fired his weapon at the vehicle.

The following charges were filed by county prosecuting attorney Don Trotter against Mason Farris in the Circuit Court of Lawrence County, Associate Court.

Count: I

The Prosecuting Attorney for Lawrence County, State of Missouri, charges the defendant in violation of Section 565.021, RSMo, committed the class A felony of murder in the second degree, punishable upon conviction under Section 558.011, RSMo, in that on or about May 5, 2018, in the County of Lawrence, State of Missouri, Savannah Hill was killed by being shot as a result of the immediate flight from the perpetration of the E felony of Resisting Arrest under Section 575.150, RSMo. committed by the defendant on or about May 5, 2018, in the County of Lawrence,  State of Missouri. Charge Code 565.021-003Y198409 99.0

Count: II

The Prosecuting Attorney for Lawrence County, State of Missouri, charges the defendant in violation of Section 565.050, RSMo, committed the class A felony of assault in the first degree, punishable upon conviction under Section 558.011, RSMo, in that on or about May 5, 2018, in the County of Lawrence, State of Missouri, the defendant attempted to cause serious physical injury to a Chris Kozisek by striking him with a vehicle, and such conduct was a substantial step toward the commission of the offense of assault in the first degree of Chris Kozisek, a Law Enforcement Officer and special victim, and was done for the purpose of committing such assault, and in the course thereof inflicted serious physical injury on Chris Kozisek. Charge Code 565.021-001Y198413 99.0

Count: III

The Prosecuting Attorney for Lawrence County, State of Missouri, charges the defendant in violation of Section 565.050, RSMo, committed the class A felony of assault in the first degree, punishable upon conviction under Section 558.011, RSMo, in that on or about May 5, 2018, in the County of Lawrence, State of Missouri, the defendant attempted to cause serious physical injury to a David Chapman by striking him with a vehicle, and such conduct was a substantial step toward the commission of the offense of assault in the first degree of Chris Kozisek, a Law Enforcement Officer and special victim, and was done for the purpose of committing such assault. Charge Code 565.021-001Y198413 99.0

Count: IV

The Prosecuting Attorney for Lawrence County, State of Missouri, charges the defendant in violation of Section 565.015, RSMo, committed the felony of armed criminal action, punishable upon conviction under Section 558.015.1, RSMo, in that on or about May 5, 2018, in the County of Lawrence, State of Missouri, the defendant committed the felony of Assault in the First Degree, charged in Count II, and the defendant committed the foregoing felony of Assault in the First Degree by, with and through, the knowing use, assistance and aid of a dangerous instrument. Charge Code 565.015-001Y197552 99.0

Count: V

The Prosecuting Attorney for Lawrence County, State of Missouri, charges the defendant in violation of Section 565.150, RSMo, committed the class E felony of resisting arrest, punishable upon conviction under Sections 558.002 and 558.011, RSMo, in that on or about May 5, 2018, in the County of Lawrence, State of Missouri, Aurora Police Department, law enforcement officers, were making an arrest of the defendant for Parole Violation, and the defendant knew that the officers were making an arrest, and, for the purpose of preventing the officers from effecting the arrest, resisted the arrest of defendant by fleeing from the officers and defendant fled in such a manner that created a substantial risk of serious physical injury or death to other persons by operating a motor vehicle and accelerating at a high rate of speed in reverse in the direction of the officers. Charge Code 575.150-001Y201748 99.0