(JOPLIN, Mo.) — Chief Matt Stewart of the Joplin Police Department spoke to us around 12:20 AM on the scene of an officer involved shooting, where the suspect has died.
Chief Stewart states in part: 9:20 PM, 901 Kensington, Joplin Police officers responded to the report of a suspicious person.
Officers arrived and encountered a subject who was combative. Officer(s) deployed their tasers, which at that time were ineffective. Then an officer deployed their duty weapon, striking the suspect.
Fire and EMS called to the scene where he was transported to a local hospital. There he was pronounced deceased from those injuries.
As per Joplin Police policy a separate agency will handle the investigation. The Missouri State Highway Patrol are conducting that investigation.
Look for more information to be released Wednesday.. This is a continuing investigation. Watch for updates here on Four States Home Page. You can set alerts for stories you are following on the FourStatesHomePage App. Links to download are at the bottom of the page.