Joplin Police Officer Involved Shooting near Cunningham Park

Capt Trevor Duncan tells us it began as a male was asleep in a vehicle, tag registered as stolen.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Details are emerging regarding an officer involved shooting near Cunningham Park Saturday morning. About 8:20 a.m. A 35-year-old male was rushed to an area hospital suffering multiple gunshot wounds.

Capt Trevor Duncan tells us details. Officers on patrol noticed a vehicle that seemed out of place near 25th and Annie Baxter. Officers approached the vehicle and noticed a male in the drivers seat apparently sleeping.

They ran the tag posted in the back window and it came back stolen.

Capt Duncan says this is a common situation to find a person passed out from drugs or alcohol, when officers wake them, they flee. So protocol had two officers box the car so it could not leave.

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From the loudspeaker officers asked the man to exit the vehicle, he did not comply.

Neighbors tell us they witnessed it. One said the man had plenty of time to get out of the vehicle.

The subject then began to ram both patrol vehicles, backing up and ramming forward.

Capt Duncan said officers went to break windows and an officer involved shooting occurred.

He said one or more officers fired their weapons.

The male is identified as Scott Peggram, 35, of Joplin. He was transported to an area hospital and is listed in critical condition.

Capt William Davis updates information late Saturday afternoon, “One officer was examined at a local hospital for injuries but was later released. Three officers from JPD were involved in the shooting and all three have been placed on paid administrative leave per department policy.”

The Missouri State Highway Patrol was requested to conduct an investigation as an independent third party.

Officers closed the road and ask residents to avoid the area as investigators were on scene, located 1/2 block east of Cunningham Park on W 25th. The intersection was reopened about 12:45 p.m. as the vehicle was towed as evidence to a secure location.

Further details will be released as they come available.

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