In Warsaw-- Fugitive In Custody After Hours Long Standoff

Anita Campbell
County Reporter
Benton County deputies were called to Headwaters Motel south of Warsaw at 9:20 AM on Monday, December 4. They received a  report that a wanted man  was staying in a room there.
Mark Tousignant, 63, was wanted in Saline County for a parole violation.  Tousignant had been charged with weapons and explosives violations.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office was alerted that Tousignat was residing at Headwaters Motel.  Cpl. Corpening of the Sheriff’s Office and a Missouri Highway patrolman went to the motel and attempted to talk to Tousignant.  When Tousignant barricaded himself in the room, the Missouri Highway Patrol Swat team was called in to assist.
After several hours of attempted negations, the Swat Team shot pepper balls through the windows.  When there was still no response from Tousignant, the Swat Team shot tear gas canisters into the room through the windows.  At that point Tousignant surrendered to the authorities.
Tousignant was treated by medical personnel for minor abrasions and taken to the Benton County Jail where he was transported to the Department of Corrections.
According to Benton County Sheriff Eric Knox, the standoff lasted about seven hours, with traffic being diverted away from the area around Headwaters Motel.
Warsaw R-IX School District officials were contacted to send afternoon busses a different way for their evening routes since the standoff lasted until about 4:30 PM.
“It was a good day since no one was hurt and we were able to return a fugitive back to custody,” said Sheriff Knox.