Homicide victim identified on S Jackson

Two crime scenes, six blocks apart, more details revealed.
Two crime scenes

JOPLIN, Mo. — The two crime scenes, six blocks apart, on Thursday we found to be related early Friday morning when Capt William Davis updated us live.

The death investigation at 2201 S Jackson was determined to be Homicide. That victim is now identified as Donald Wimer, 54, of Joplin.

With information from detectives JPD secured an arrest warrant and search warrant for the individual wanted as a suspect in the Wimer Homicide. That male was located at 2201 S Empire. He would not exit the residence.



Capt William Davis outlines the events:

“Detectives have positively identified the victim in this case as Donald Wimer, age 54 of Joplin. Next of kin has been notified. It has been determined that this was a homicide and it is believed Wimer died as a result of a gunshot related injury. An autopsy has been ordered for Mr. Wimer to determine the exact cause of death. Detectives continued their investigation and developed a suspect in the incident. On the evening of March 31st, Detectives received information that the suspect in this case was located at 2201 S. Empire Avenue in Joplin. Detectives were able to secure a search warrant for this address along with an arrest warrant related to the death investigation for the suspect. At approximately 9:30 p.m., Joplin Police Officers and Detectives attempted to get the suspect to exit the residence however those attempts were unsuccessful. The Joplin Police Department SWAT Team was activated and responded to the scene. The SWAT Team made numerous attempts to also get the suspect to exit the address, but he refused. Joplin SWAT introduced chemical munitions into the residence in an effort to force him to exit and surrender to law enforcement. During the process of inserting chemical munitions, a fire became visible from the attic area of the home. The chemical munitions utilized by the Joplin SWAT Team were non-burning/non-incendiary. Joplin SWAT Team members also reported hearing a gunshot come from inside the residence. The Joplin Fire Department was summoned to the scene and worked in conjunction with SWAT Team members to get the fire extinguished. Once conditions improved, SWAT officers were able to begin clearing the residence and located a deceased male subject in the attic of the home. The scene was turned over to Joplin Police. Detectives as they continued their investigation. No civilians, officers or firefighters were injured during the incident. The Joplin Police Department will be working in conjunction with the Joplin Fire Department and the Joplin Fire Marshal on the scene at 2201 S. Empire Avenue. The identity of the suspect is not being released at this time until proper identification and next of kin notifications are made. Detectives are not seeking any other suspects and there is no threat to the community.” — JPD

Here are our earlier articles including Capt Will Davis exclusive live updates from the crime scene:

👉🏽 2201 S Jackson Missing Persons case becomes Homicide investigation.

👉🏽 2201 S Empire Joplin SWAT seek suspect in S Jackson Homicide. Home catches fire, Joplin Fire investigate.

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