Joplin Police Officer Memorial to move indoors; FOP fundraiser for officers

One officer was killed, Cpl Ben Cooper. A second unnamed officer is in critical condition and third unnamed officer is serious but stable.
OFFICER MEMORIAL MOVING INDOORS THURSDAY DUE TO INCOMING WINTER WEATHER.
OFFICER MEMORIAL MOVING INDOORS THURSDAY DUE TO INCOMING WINTER WEATHER.

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin Police Officer Memorial will be moved indoors by Thursday afternoon due to the incoming winter weather Asst Chief Brian Lewis states in a release of information it will limit access to the Officer Memorial to 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. even through the weekend.

Now 24 hours since a JPD cruiser was placed in front of the Justice Center, 303 E 3rd. The public, including neighboring police agencies, have dropped off flowers, stuffed animals, notes, momentos, nearly completely covering the vehicle.

CPL BEN COOPER, JOPLIN POLICE FALLEN OFFICER.

CPL BEN COOPER, JOPLIN POLICE FALLEN OFFICER.

The Joplin FOP Foundation (Fraternal Order of Police) has established an online gofund.me account to benefit the officers involved in the March 8, 2022, Officer Involved Shooting.

“Gofund.me does incur a processing charge, so any donations made will be reduced by the service charge. If citizens would like to maximize their donations, these can be dropped off at the Joplin Police Department front desk or mailed to 303 E 3rd Joplin, MO 64801 C/O Officer Benevolence.” — ASST CHIEF LEWIS

The city of Joplin release details of the Tuesday events in a press release.

“On March 8, 2022, at 1332 hours, Officers responded to the area of 4th and Range line in regard to a disturbance.  Once on scene officers contacted a subject who they identified as being involved in the disturbance.  As officers attempted to take the subject into custody, he shot two officers and fled the scene in a stolen patrol car.  Officers attempted to stop the fleeing suspect, who fired shots from the stolen patrol vehicle at pursuing officers, striking a patrol vehicle.  The suspect wrecked the patrol car shortly thereafter and fled on foot to the area of 9th and Connecticut.   Officers once again located the suspect, and he fired shots at officers, injuring one.  An officer returned fire and struck the suspect.

Three officers were transported with serious injuries.  One officer succumbed to his injuries yesterday afternoon.  Another officer is in critical condition, and another officer is in serious but stable condition.    Names of the two injured officers are withheld at this time.  The suspect is deceased.  There is no further threat to the public.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol is currently investigating this incident.

Corporal Benjamin Cooper passed away March 8, 2022, from injuries received in the incident yesterday.   Corporal Cooper was a veteran officer of the Joplin Police Department, starting his career in 2003 before transferring to a sheriff’s department in Colorado.  Corporal Cooper returned to the Joplin Police Department in 2013 and was promoted to Corporal in 2016.  Corporal Cooper leaves behind a wife and 2 daughters.

The deceased suspect is Anthony R Felix, age 40, of Joplin.”