Joplin officers shot in exchange of gunfire with suspect at two locations

There is no further threat to the public. JPD Asst. Chief Brian Lewis tells us the suspect was shot and wounded at a second shooting location.

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin Police Asst Chief Brian Lewis confirms with KOAM that just before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday officers responded to reports of a disturbance on front of The Buckle near 4th and Geneva.

Shots were exchanged by a suspect and officers. Two officers were transported with life-threatening injuries.

The suspect the led a pursuit to the 900 block of South Connecticut.

At that location an exchange of gunfire occurred again.

The suspect suffered a gunshot wound. He was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

He also says a third officer was shot.

There is no update on any officers condition.

There are two active crime scenes where gunfire was exchanged. 400 block S Geneva and 900 block S Connecticut.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol are on both scenes along with multiple police agencies.

There is currently no threat to the public. The suspect was transported to a hospital.

This is a breaking news story. Stay with JLN1st and KOAM News Now as we continue to learn more.