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Man Throws Fire Extinguisher through Window to Flee Police

A Caulfield man has been charged with three felonies after multiple interactions with West Plains Police on September 4. Brent Turner, 29, faces one count of first degree property damage and two counts of resisting arrest for a felony. 
The Howell County Prosecuting Attorney’s office filed two separate cases against Turner in seemingly related events on September 4. According to court documents, officers were dispatched to Snappy Mart #11 in West Plains for a report of a man there who told employees he had started a fire at a business down the road. 
When officers arrived, a male subject fled from them, exiting the Snappy Mart but then running back inside to hide in the business’s kitchen. The subject was known to the officers and to the store employees to be Brent Turner. 
Officers advised him that he had an active warrant for his arrest. He fled from the officers through the kitchen and grabbed a fire extinguisher, which he threw through a large double pane window on the north side of the building and escaped on foot. The estimated cost of the damages is $1,700. 
A separately filed probable cause statement signed by Officer Paul Bradshaw describes his interaction with Turner at approximately 7:35 a.m. the same day in which the officer located the subject in the area of Richard’s school on County Road 1710. Turner fled on foot and yelled, “no” at the officer’s verbal instructions to stop. 
After Turner was apprehended, he was placed on a 24-hour hold in Howell County Jail. Formal charges were filed the same day. The charges have been filed as two separate cases and have a combined bond amount of $10,000. As of press time, Turner has not posted bond. He is scheduled to appear before Judge R. David Ray on September 24 at 9 a.m.
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