Marvin Rice

A former Dent County sheriff’s deputy who once worked as an officer in Houston — and is suspected in a double homicide — is in the custody of Cole County authorities and is expected to face charges in both counties.

Marvin Rice was taken into custody Saturday night after a shootout in the lobby of the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. Rice had led law enforcement authorities on a pursuit from Dent to Cole after allegedly shooting and killing Steven Strotkamp, 39, and Annette Durham, 32.

Dent County Coroner Gina White released the names of the victims Sunday afternoon. She said both died from apparent gunshot wounds and that autopsies are scheduled for Monday in Columbia.

Dent County Sheriff Rick Stallings said his office was notified at 6:30 p.m. Saturday of a double homicide in rural Dent County. Stallings said a witness reported Strotkamp and Durham had been shot by the 44-year-old Rice, a Dent County sheriff’s deputy from 2004 to 2009.

Stallings said Rice had a child, who is 2 years old, with Durham. The child was with Durham at a residence in northern Dent County along with Strotkamp and another of Durham’s children, 6. 

Stallings said Rice, a correctional officer at the South Central Correctional Center at Licking, went to the residence demanding custody of the 2-year-old child. An argument ensued, and Rice displayed a handgun. Durham took the 6-year-old into another room, and that child reported hearing gunshots.

Durham left the 6-year-old in the bedroom and went out to the front of the house, Stallings said. The 6-year-old later reported she heard more shots and a car leave. She ran to a neighbor, who called authorities.

Stallings said Rice had fled the scene with the 2-year-old but left the child with a family member before fleeing the county. Both children were unharmed and placed with the Division of Family Services.

Law enforcement tracked Rice by his cellphone and discovered that he was driving northbound on Highway 63. Other agencies were notified and began pursuing Rice, who took Highway 50 into Jefferson City. The chase ended at the hotel at 415 W. McCarty St.

Deputies and officers from the Jefferson City Police Department pursued Rice into the hotel, shots were exchanged and Rice was shot and injured, Stallings said.

Stallings said Rice was fired from the Dent County Sheriff’s Office in 2009. Rice previously was a police officer in Houston.

Earlier: A former Dent County sheriff’s deputy wanted in a double murder – who earlier had been sought in Texas County and the St. James area –  was shot in the lobby of the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City on Saturday night.

Dent County Sheriff Rick Stallings said his office was notified at 6:30 p.m. Saturday of a double homicide in rural Dent County. Stallings said a witness reported two victims, a male and female, had been shot by 44-year-old Marvin Rice, a former Dent County sheriff’s deputy.

Stallings said Rice had fled the scene with a 2-year-old child. He said Rice left the child with a family member and then fled the county. Law enforcement was able to track Rice by his cellphone and discovered that he was driving northbound on U.S. 63., the Columbia Daily Tribune reported.

Other agencies were notified and began pursuing Rice. Officers made several attempts to stop the vehicle with spike strips, the Jefferson City News-Tribune reported. The chase ended at the hotel at 415 W. McCarty St. Deputies and officers from the Jefferson City Police Department pursued Rice into the hotel, shots were exchanged and Rice was shot and injured, Stallings said.

Rice’s condition is said to be fair condition. The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s division of drug and crime control is conducting the investigation.

Wayne Becker, Dent County special investigator, said the victims’ identities are not being released at this time because family of the victim has not been notified.

—Reporting courtesy of the Columbia Daily Tribune

Marvin Rice was a part-time officer beginning in 1998 with theHouston Police Department. He was promoted to full time in1999. 

Rice left the department in February 2003.

He attended Drury University in Cabool and earned an associatedegree in criminal justice while living at Elk Creek. 

PDF: Herald archives 2001

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