Wright County Prosecutor, John Tyrrell announces that on December 6, 2022, Judge Gross sentenced Bobby Naylor to 25 years for First-Degree Attempted Assault on a Special Victim and 15 years for Unlawful Use of a Weapon at the Missouri Department of Corrections probation denied. Sentences will run concurrently and Naylor will serve at least 85% of the sentence before being eligible for parole.
On February 6, 2022, a Mountain Grove Officer was monitoring traffic and attempted to stop a vehicle with an inoperable headlight driving on West Third Street. The suspect vehicle, later was determined to be driven by Defendant Naylor. The Mountain Grove Officer was joined by a Wright County Sheriff Deputy in pursuit of the vehicle. The pursuit continued south out of Mountain Grove on Highway 95 to Highway AD. During the pursuit the suspect vehicle fired several gunshots at the pursuing officers. The pursuit continued into Douglas County. One the gunshots hit Wright County Deputy Brown’s front windshield on the front passenger side of his patrol vehicle, shattering it.
Defendant Naylor was located a short time later walking down the highway in Douglas County with a woman. They were both taken into custody. During an interview, the woman stated an officer had gotten behind them in Mountain Grove and Defendant Naylor made a comment that he was not going back to jail, then accelerated. She was dropped off at Ray’s Country Store before they met back up a short time later, just prior to being arrested.
Wright County Prosecutor John Tyrrell says: “First, I am thankful that no officers were injured and for the sentence the Defendant received. Second, I want to recognize the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, in particular Deputy Akers and Deputy Foreman, for their determination investigating Defendant Naylor’s actions on that night. Third, I want to recognize the agencies that assisted the Wright County Deputies: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Mountain Grove Police Department, and the Missouri Highway Patrol.”