Local authorities are ramping up their search for shooting suspect Daniel Campbell, who has been on the run since killing one man and critically injuring another Tuesday night southwest of Licking.
Texas County Sheriff James Sigman as well as members of his department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were leaving the Texas County Justice Center around 10 a.m. Friday with ATVs to intensify their search efforts. Sigman said if the overcast skies lifted, two patrol helicopters would be used as well.
“My gut feeling is he’s close,” Sigman said.
Around 2 p.m. Thursday, a patrol helicopter located the Ford Ranger that Campbell allegedly stole and fled in following the shootings. Campbell was not present. About five hours later, Sigman contacted the Herald to warn citizens that the suspect, who is considered armed and dangerous, was still at large.
“We do not have him,” Sigman said Thursday night, “and I do not want people relaxing.”
Campbell, 39, is described as 5-foot-9 and weighing 155 pounds. He has brown hair, hazel eyes and a graying beard. Anyone who sees him or something suspicious should contact the Texas County Sheriff’s Department at 417-967-4165, 911 or the closest law enforcement agency.
Authorities continue to search for Campbell after he allegedly appeared from the dark Tuesday night and killed Billy Dale Bishop II, 38, and critically injured William T. Dumboski, 55. Both were shot multiple times.
Sigman made the first connection Thursday morning between the suspect and the victims. He said the home where the men were shot – at 15152 Boiling Springs Road – belonged to Dumboski. Campbell’s parents lived next door. Sigman said Daniel Campbell would “stay there periodically.”
Authorities said witnesses identified Campbell as the shooter. They said he appeared out of the darkness with weapons in each hand as he made “several unusual remarks.” He then allegedly shot Dumboski and fired again while he was on the ground. He also fired one shot at Bishop, striking him on the left side of the head. He also shot him once on the ground.
Campbell allegedly also placed a pistol underneath the chin of one of the witnesses for several seconds.
The Ford Ranger that Campbell stole belonged to Bishop, authorities said.
Daniel Campbell, 39, is considered armed and dangerous. He is described by authorities as:
Weight: 155 pounds
Other: Graying beard
Anyone who spots Campbell, something suspicious or has information should contact the Texas County Sheriff’s Department at 417-967-4165 or 911.