An Eldon man wanted in connection with a domestic assault incident was taken into custody after spending several hours hunkered down among a barn full of round hay bales, attempting to evade capture.

An Eldon man wanted in connection with a domestic assault incident was taken into custody after spending several hours hunkered down among a barn full of round hay bales, attempting to evade capture. 

Gabriel E. Harris, 37, was taken into custody around 11:30 pm Thurs., Sept. 18. Harris and been the subject of a manhunt after fleeing from law enforcement. Prior to being taken into custody, Harris allegedly was involved in a foot chase with officers on Route M in Miller County. Before it was all over, the chase involved officers from 3 different law enforcement agencies. Following the foot chase, the Miller County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Officers reported Harris had fled from the scene of an alleged domestic disturbance. Troopers from the Lake of the Ozarks area responded to the scene.  The Patrol’s helicopter 93MP responded to conduct an aerial search.  Upon arrival, officers began searching an area on Adams Road.  

The initial search was unsuccessful. The Patrol’s pilot and the tactical flight officer began directing officers to outbuildings obscured by trees.  At approximately 6 p.m., a trooper and Miller County deputy located the subject laying down inside a hay barn.  When spotted, the subject went further into the barn and hid between some round hay bales.  Officers were able to locate a tractor that was used to remove the bales  to locate Harris. He was arrested at 11:29 p.m., Harris was  taken into custody without incident.