UPDATE: Newton County deputies return to duty after May shooting investigation

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NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — Two Newton County deputies have returned to duty following an investigation into a May shooting.

On May 11th, in an attempt to apprehend a burglary suspect two deputies with the Newton County Sheriff’s Department were subjected to gunfire during the pursuit. While their patrol vehicle received damage to the windshield the officers were not hurt and Benjamin Chase Ivey was later captured.

An investigation into the gunfire exchange headed by the Joplin Police Department revealed their were no criminal violations on the part of the deputies, and their actions met the requirements of Missouri State Statute and self-defense.

Deputy McNamara and Deputy Farmer have officially returned to full duty and will continue to serve their county.


NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has released additional information on the suspect that led deputies on a chase and shootout on Tuesday.

Benjamin Chase Ivey, of Granby, Mo., is facing charges in both Newton and McDonald Counties.

In Newton County Ivey is facing the following felony charges:

  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
  • Unlawful Use of a Weapon
  • Resisting Arrest by Fleeing
Benjamin Chase Ivey

In McDonald County Ivey is facing the following felony charges:

  • Three counts of First Degree Felonious Assault
  • Three counts of Armed Criminal Action
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

An investigation of the Officer involved shooting is currently being conducted by a team consisting of the Joplin Police Department, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.


NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — A man is in police custody and recovering at a Joplin hospital following a chase and shootout with deputies.

Shortly before noon on Tuesday, Newton County Deputies attempted to contact a potential burglary suspect with warrants.

Upon contact with authorities the suspect pointed a gun and fled in a vehicle causing a pursuit that began in Newton County and south into McDonald County.

Missouri Highway Patrol deployed spike strips successfully forcing the suspect into a field near Highway CC and Highway C.

The 26-year-old white man shot at law enforcement prompting them to return fire where the man was later wounded. He was given medical aid and later transferred to a local hospital.

The Joplin Police Department and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office have been called to assist in the investigation.

We will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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