Joplin Police officer assaulted by suspect, second officer shoots suspect

Missouri State Highway Patrol investigate officer involved shooting that sent a suspect to hospital suffering gunshot wound
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Crime scene tape surrounds shooting location at 10th and Chestnut.

JOPLIN, Mo. — A Joplin Police officer is on administrative leave as per JPD policy after firing his weapon, striking a suspect who was allegedly assaulting another officer late Saturday night.

Capt Trevor Duncan of the Joplin Police Dept tells us at 11:17 p.m. Saturday night officers checked on three people who were walking near 9th and Connor on the alley.

“During the contact with them one of the people took off running, officer chased on foot. The person that ran on foot assaulted one of our officers,” he says.  “Another officer fired, shooting the suspect. The suspect was taken into custody. He was transported to an area hospital with a gunshot wound and is being treated.”

The shooting incident took place at 10th and south Chestnut.

No name is being released of the male suspect who suffered a gunshot wound. Additionally there is no update on his condition.

The officer who was assaulted was treated and released at the scene. Their name is being withheld also.

Capt Duncan added, “the officer that fired his weapon has been placed on administrative leave,” as per JPD policy.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol were called to the scene and they are investigating the officer involved shooting.

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