Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Missouri Highway Patrol after one of their Troopers was shot in the line-of-duty earlier today. The incident happened just before noon (Eastern) as the trooper investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle in a rural area. Gunfire was exchanged as he made contact with the vehicle. The trooper was airlifted to a hospital in Springfield and reported to be conscious. The perpetrator was also shot and transported.