Authorities arrested a reputed member of a neo-Nazi group yesterday, ending an intense manhunt that began five days earlier with the slaying of a state trooper at a random traffic stop 15 miles from here.
David Tate, 22, linked to the neo-Nazi group called The Order and charged with first-degree murder in the trooper's death, was arrested unarmed and without incident in a city park, said Capt. Lee Thompson of the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Hundreds of police officers using helicopters, dogs and roadblocks had searched the Ozark Mountains since the trooper was killed and another wounded with a silencer-equipped pistol.
Tate had been spotted by a local resident, Thompson said. Investigators said he was wearing the same clothes authorities thought he was wearing at the time of the shooting.
"Tate was ready to give up," Taney County Sheriff Chuck Keithley said. "The man was getting hungry, he told us."
Authorities found a weapon they think was used in the shootings, 20 to 30 feet from where Tate was arrested, said Keithley.
Tate was ordered held without bond on the murder charge, and bond was set at $1 million on the assault charge. A preliminary hearing was set for April 29, and Tate was taken to the Greene County Jail in Springfield.
Meanwhile, less than 50 miles away in Arkansas, more than 70 heavily armed law officers ringed a survivalist compound for a second day, waiting for the surrender of Jim Ellison, described as the survivalist group's spiritual leader, who is charged with possession of illegal automatic weapons and silencers