UPDATE: JOPLIN, Mo. — An update from Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser as to the events on Saturday afternoon that involved numerous agencies. The deceased is identified as 27 year old, Jay Hicks, of Webb City, Missouri.

At approximately 2:20 PM on 11-14-20 an officer with the Carterville Police Department attempted to stop a red Hummer that had been reported stolen. The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated. After a short time the vehicle crashed and the suspect exited the vehicle, ran up to a residence and accosted a citizen, taking his car keys. The suspect stole that vehicle and again fled west bound on 171. At this point, Jasper County deputies became involved in the pursuit as the suspect drove the wrong way around the roundabout at Stone’s Corner, causing a number of collisions. The pursuit continued back east and the suspect crashed near the intersection of Prairie Flower and 171. The suspect then fled on foot and attempted to hide under a tractor trailer on the parking lot of a business at this intersection. The suspect then fired a shot at officers as they began to surround him. He then fired a second shot resulting in a fatal self-inflicted injury. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect was identified as a 27-year-old male from Webb City. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Officers with numerous agencies assisted with this incident. The Missouri Highway Patrol was called to assist with the investigation. No officers or deputies were injured.


ORIGINAL: WEBB CITY, Mo. — A string of events that began around 2:00 PM in Carterville involves multiple agencies and a white male subject. Webb City Police Chief Don Melton tells us first of all, “there is no threat to the public.”

Carterville Police, Webb City Police, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and Joplin Police Department along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol were all involved at one time or another in today’s incidents.

The white male subject was traveling in a grey passenger car at a high rate of speed westbound on MacArthur/171.

At the east driveway of Planeview Auto Sales, 2023 West 5th, Webb City, the subject was involved in a minor vehicle crash. The subject then fled on foot south into the car lot.

Crime scene tape now wraps that area to the east of 171 and Prairie Flower, south of the Joplin Regional Airport.

Chief Melton tells us his this is a shooting investigation and one man is dead. Normally he says his department handles something like this inside their city. But because so many departments are involved, “we will assist the Highway Patrol DDCC.”

This is an active crime scene. Please use caution as one lane of 171 eastbound is shut down due to emergency personnel presence. MODOT Emergency Response is assisting with traffic control.

They are waiting the arrival of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control. More information will be released as it becomes available later this evening.

The deceased is not identified and next of kin has not been notified at the initial printing of this article.