NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — Tuesday morning reports of SWAT on the move in Joplin, about 8:00 AM moving south into Newton County. Sources told us it was a multi-agency operation to serve a search warrant on a large area of property. The property was in the Greenwood area near the Tri-State line.
Newton County Sheriff Chris Jennings talks with us exclusively from the scene, telling us the Joplin Police Department and ODET (Ozark Drug Enforcement Team) worked with the Newton County SRT (Special Response Team) as they were serving a warrant on the property at 3517 Cherry Road.
He tells us as officers arrived to the address they were met by gunfire from the front and rear of a home. Officers retreated, securing the area. Then after 10:15 AM after flash bang and gas was introduced into the residence and a white male was taken into custody.
UPDATE: The male subject taken into custody around 10:15 AM at 3517 Cherry Road in Newton County is now identified as Freddie Tilton, 47. We learn that he has now been transported to Greene County jail by the FBI and is on hold for US Federal Marshals. CLICK HERE to read the detailed Criminal Complaint filed in the U.S. Western District of Missouri against Tilton and a male accomplice from Rogers, Arkansas.
Sheriff Jennings goes on to say a deceased individual was located on the property. It’s too early in the investigation to go into details he continued but they are now waiting on a search warrant for the residence. Their original warrant was just for the property.
Redings Mill Fire Department, METS ambulance and Newton County Ambulance staged nearby. No one was injured in the SWAT operation.
He assured us later in the day he will have a more formal statement. This now becomes a death investigation as part of the search warrant(s) being served.
Shannon Becker is live at the scene. Watch for live updates on social media.