The Phelps County Sheriff’s Department (PCSD) is looking for a man wanted for resisting arrest, unlawful possession of a firearm, as well as theft and burglary.
Justin P. Giller, age 26 of Salem, could be staying in rural Phelps, Dent, Texas or Pulaski County, according to Captain Rick Hope of the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, and should be considered armed and dangerous.
According to court documents, an officer observed a male subject inside a gas station in Edgar Springs while a blue and silver Dodge pickup which was parked at the fuel pump, at approximately 1 a.m. on November 29. The officer request a record’s check on the license number (7FR165), and central dispatch reported the number was not on file through the state of Missouri. The license tabs displayed on the vehicle showed 2015, according to the case’s probable cause statement.
The officer observed the male subject walk outside of the building and identified him as Justin P. Giller. The officer reportedly had prior information of Giller having an active felony warrant for a burglary and was wanted for questioning by the Texas County Sheriff’s Department for an assault on law enforcement.
The officer then attempted to initiate a traffic stop, initiating his lights and siren. Giller failed to yield and continued traveling south on Highway 63. The pickup reportedly turned left onto Broadway Street and then turned right onto Highway H. The pickup turned right, traveling south on County Road 6190. The officer reported the vehicle managed to get away from him, as he lost sight of it due to road conditions. The officer terminated the pursuit at the intersection of County Road 6190 and County Road 6280.
According to the probable cause statement, the officer contacted the Dent County Sheriff’s Department and advised them he had just pursued Giller and requested they respond to the 4135 Highway VV, in Montauk Missouri to attempt to locate the vehicle. The vehicle was located by the Dent County Sheriff’s Department at the location and towed to the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department for processing.
The following were found inside the vehicle, according to the probable cause statement.
- A loaded lever action caliber 30-30 rifle
- A large number of knives and hatchets within reach of the driver
- Various items that had been reported stolen in relation to a burglary
- Various tools associated with the act of burglary such as ski masks, gloves and flashlights
A background check revealed Giller is a convicted felon and not allowed to be in possession of a firearm. Those with any information on Giller’s whereabouts are advised to contact the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department at 573-426-3860. As mentioned above, Giller should be considered armed and dangerous.