JOPLIN, Mo. — UPDATE: The man was on the phone with Joplin Dispatch at one time and was experiencing a mental health crisis. Shortly afterwards shots were fired. He was discovered and transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Joplin Police tell us the investigation continues as to what prompted this 72-year-old man to drive to McClelland Park. They can tell us that officers never fired a weapon. But multiple shots were fired from a wooded area where the man had isolated himself.
After shots were fired Capt Nick Jimenez tells us officers pulled back to assess the situation. SWAT was called in to secure the area and a perimeter was set.
Capt Nick Jimenez talked to us exclusively on the scene and asked to encourage people to avoid the area. The following media release has early information.
MEDIA RELEASE: On November 20thth, 2019 at approximately 12:07 P.M. officers with the Joplin Police Department were dispatched to 4432 S. McClelland Ave in reference to a suicidal subject calling the police. Officers arrived to the area and located a vehicle they believed belong to the caller’s vehicle in McClelland Park. Upon seeing the vehicle officers then heard several gun shots. At this time Joplin Police SWAT was dispatched to the scene and is currently conducting a search of the area. We ask that citizens stay out of the area. More details will be released as this case develops.