Stumpe: Being a victim of crime inspired him to run for office

Brian Stumpe

Brian Stumpe

The genesis for why Brian Stumpe decided to run for Jefferson City prosecutor can be traced back to an incident at his office.

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On the night of Oct. 13, 2009, Patrick Harris — who is also known as Patrick Evans — approached a group of seven people outside Stumpe’s office on East Capitol Avenue, brandished a silver gun, then ordered the group to go inside the building and lie on the floor.

The 38-year-old also ordered one of the victims to collect everyone’s possessions.

Eventually, another victim confronted Harris with a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol, and fired at Harris to defend himself and the other victims.

Harris was taken into custody the next morning. But

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