Hostage situation ends peacefully on New Years Eve in Goessel

Marion County had some unanticipated excitement on New Year’s Eve that called on the resources of multiple police departments in both Marion County and Harvey County.

“At approximately 8:45 p.m., Marion County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a domestic disturbance in Goessel with shots fired. Officers from Hillsboro and Peabody also responded to the call,” said Sheriff Robert Craft in a statement.

David M. Impson, 41, held one adult and 4-5 juveniles in the residence after a fight with his wife escalated. One of the juveniles was able to exit the residence to call the Marion County Dispatch and have help sent.

Because of the nature of the call, Harvey County was requested to assist by sending their Special Response Team. The team and other police departments set up a command post nearby in Goessel High School. The response team assisted in maintaining a perimeter around the residence in order to secure a visual on the residence and be ready for quick reaction.

“At one point the suspect came outside and appeared to be holding something in his hand while making disparaging verbal comments in the general direction of some of the officers who were concealed around the perimeter. Negotiators from Harvey County were able to make contact with the suspect via phone, and after roughly 20 minutes of negotiations, the suspect exited the residence and surrendered to members of the Harvey County Special Response Team and Marion County Deputies,” said Croft.

Impson was taken into custody without injury to officers or civilians. He was then taken to the Marion County Jail where he was booked on charges of Aggravated Assault with the use of a Deadly Weapon, Illegal Restraint and Reckless Endangerment. As of press time Impson remains in jail with bond set at $150,000.