Joplin Homicide Suspect Arrested, Victim Identified

Joplin Homicide Suspect Arrested, Victim Identified
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Update – 5:19 p.m. (August 29, 2018): Two people were arrested at the hotel in connection to a stolen vehicle this evening. Captain Duncan says those arrests are not connected to the shooting.

Read more on the lockdown from the Joplin School District

Update – 4:52 p.m. (August 29, 2018): The suspect is identified as 24-year-old Kosaksy C. Phillip of Joplin. He’s currently being held at the Joplin City Jail for first degree murder and armed criminal action. Joplin police say charges will be submitted to the Jasper County Prosecutor’s Office.

Update – 4:02 p.m. (August 29, 2018): The shooting victim is identified as 33-year-old Diamond J. Bradley of Joplin. Police say a suspect was arrested in the area of Economy Inn and Suites at about 3:55 p.m.

Update – 3:05 p.m. (August 29, 2018): Joplin police say the victim was pronounced dead at Freeman Hospital. No arrests have been made.

Update – 2:20 p.m. (August 29, 2018): Joplin Schools: “We have been working closely with Joplin Police Department this afternoon. At this time our lockdown has been lifted at Irving, Early Childhood, and Cecil Floyd. We will continue dismissal as normal. Please keep in mind our phone lines are busy and we will attend to your needs as quickly as possible.”

Update – 1:40 p.m. (August 29, 2018):

Captain Trevor Duncan with the Joplin Police Department says they’re still searching for the suspect in a shooting.

Police got a call about a shooting around 11:49 this morning (August 29th, 2018). Officers arrived at the Economy Inn & Suites ( 1700 W 30th St) and found a male with a life-threatening gunshot wound. The male was taken to the hospital. As of 1:40 p.m. Captain Duncan had no update on the victim.

Authorities are working to verify information on a suspect before it’s released to the public. They are releasing that the suspect is male, wearing a black t-shirt with white writing, black shorts and a light colored hat.

It’s verified that the suspect was last seen on foot leaving the hotel. From there, Captain Duncan says information is limited. Authorities are stopping people and vehicles in that area. K9 dogs are also in the area along with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office drone.

Captain Duncan says they are concentrating on the immediate area of the incident, trying to identify and arrest a suspect and keep the area safe.

Some schools and businesses went on lockdown. Authorities say some businesses have since reopened.

Anyone that has not business in that area are urged to not come to the area. Residents that live in that area are told to keep their doors locked and call police if they see anything suspicious.


One person is shot at the Economy Inn in Joplin. The suspect has not been caught as of 12:36 p.m. on August 29th. There is police presence at both the nearby Irving Elementary and the Joplin Early Childhood Education Center. We have a reporter on scene.

Dr. Kerry Sachetta, Superintendent of Operations for Joplin Schools has confirmed that Irving Elementary and the Joplin Early Childhood Center are on lockdown, and other surrounding schools have been placed on alert.

From Joplin School District: “Good afternoon, Joplin Schools was notified by law enforcement of a shooting near 30th and McClelland in Joplin. Irving, Early Childhood, and Cecil Floyd are all on lockdown. All exterior doors remain locked. Student safety is our top priority. All students are currently safe in the care of our faculty. We have police presence at each location. We will continue to monitor the situation and send updated information as we receive it. Thank you for your cooperation and ensuring the safety of your child with Joplin Schools.”

Vatterott College in Joplin is also on lockdown.

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