Double Murder victims identified; Suspect dies from self-inflicted GSW

Newton County Sheriff Chris Jennings states, "The suspect displayed his firearm numerous times and after approximately 3 hours of negotiations he shot himself."
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Suspect in Double Homicide investigation suffers self-inflicted GSW on Antelope Road, south of US-60, on November 2, 2022. Inset Joplin Police crime scene of Double Murder on Annie Baxter Ave in Joplin, October 31, 2022.

UPDATE 5:14 pm Thursday, November 3, 2022: Joplin Police say autopsies for the victims confirmed both died from gunshot wounds.

UPDATE 4:29 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2022: The suspect in this case has succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. He is identified as David L. Rush, 34 years of age, of Wyandotte, OK.

JOPLIN, Mo. — Late Monday night, October 31, 2022 Joplin Police responded to an unknown trouble in the 2200 block of Annie Baxter. There they located two deceased adults inside the residence.

The victims in this case have been identified as Stacy Rush, 35 years of age, of Joplin, MO and Eric Stampfli, 35 years of age, of Grove, Ok.” — Sgt Andy Blair, Joplin Police


Homicide victim, Eric Stampfli, 35, of Grove, Okla. Used with permission.

Autopsies are rescheduled for Thursday, November 3, 2022  at 10:30 AM in Springfield, Mo.

Cpl Tim Hudson told us on scene Monday night a 9-year-old boy was also present, and he was safe. The juvenile was not involved with what took place and was uninjured.

During investigation Joplin Police detectives identified a possible suspect and have been working on leads involving that suspect.

Sgt Blair states in a media release Wednesday afternoon, “The suspect was involved in an incident in Newton County earlier this morning with the Newton County Sherriff’s Office. Joplin Police detectives responded to assist. During the incident the suspect received a self-inflicted gunshot. The suspect is currently in critical condition at a local hospital.”

The suspect will be identified pending formal charges.

Reaction from mother of victim Stacy Rush

Rush Stacycourtesy Lori Layman

Homicide victim, Stacy Rush, 35, of Joplin, Mo. Used with permission.

Lori Layman sent KOAM the following statement about her daughter Stacy Rush:

“Stacy was a wonderful daughter, who started humming when she was born. She loves her son with all her heart and soul.. Stacy was a compasaionate efficient ‘Singing’ nurse. She was bright and funny sister, full of life. Our hearts are broken. We are praying for everyone involved.”


November 2, 2022: “Oklahoma officials pursued an individual into Missouri on 60 Highway. The individual turned south on Antelope road then got out of his vehicle on foot. The subject was a suspect in a recent Joplin homicide. He was armed with a handgun. A perimeter was established around the man to keep him from fleeing. Newton County Deputies, MSHP, Seneca Officers and Oklahoma Officers were all on scene.

Contact was established with the individual and he indicated he was suicidal. He also requested to speak with Joplin Detectives regarding the homicide.

The suspect displayed his firearm numerous times and after approximately 3 hours of negotiations he shot himself. The subject was transported by ambulance to a Joplin Hospital. The scene is being processed by Newton County Detectives.”

-Sheriff Chris Jennings

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