The Springfield Police Department says the grand jury issued a warrant for murder for Gerald Strebendt. Officers arrested Strebendt about six Thursday night.
The charge goes back to what happened on January 29, on Bob Straub Parkway. Strebendt and another man, David Crofut, got into a wreck. Police say both men got out of their cars and then there was some type of argument.
That’s when Strebendt’s lawyer, Mike Arnold, says Crofut threatened Strebendt’s life. Strebendt shot and killed Crofut and claimed it was self-defense.
Police say Strebendt was the only one with a gun.
Strebendt’s attorney issued this statement to KEZI 9 News:
“It remains our position that if an angry and hostile stranger acts aggressively to you, tells you he has a weapon and threatens to kill you, you are entitled to take him at his word. No armchair quarterbacking by the government changes that fact. Private citizens shouldn’t be held to a different standard than a police officer in a shooting. in this situation a police officer would have been cleared of the shooting within days.”
Arnold says Strebendt is due in court Friday at 1:30.