Joplin shooting victim awaiting trial for inmate assault

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin police release the name of a shooting victim, who himself is awaiting trial for assault.

On Monday morning, November 8, 2021, Joplin officers responded to a call of reported gunshots at 904 S. Connor Avenue. The caller told 911 there was one victim.

When officers got there, they found an adult man with a single gunshot wound. They have identified him as Joseph D. Pryor, 29, of Joplin. Emergency personnel took him to a local hospital for treatment. Medical professionals determined his injuries to be non-life-threatening.

Detectives were still investigating the scene as of Tuesday morning, according to the Joplin Police Department.

The hospital discharged him and police took Pryor into custody on active warrants out of Webb City, Missouri.

Pryor Criminal History

Joseph Pryor

Joseph D. Pryor has a lengthy criminal history. Prosecutors have filed charges against him over the years including vehicle infractions, possession of controlled substance, tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

Inmate Assault

On December 27, 2020, a Joplin police officer saw a suspicious truck sitting at a Casey’s. They ran the Tennessee license plate and saw it had “significant history” with several agencies. Also, both men inside the truck had outstanding warrants. The Officer noticed the men were sleeping and tried to wake them up to ensure they were okay.

The driver woke up and got out of the truck. He lied about his first name and was allegedly getting more aggressive towards officers. Police learned he had a warrant out of Joplin. Pryor is also a felon and had a firearm. They reviewed his criminal history and found several charges and prior convictions including:

  • Jasper County, Mo. – Possession of a Controlled Substance (5/01/2015)
  • Newton County, Mo. – Possess Control Substance, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (11/21/2018)
  • Ottawa County, Okla. – Eluding Police Officer Rec/Poss/Conc stolen vehicle (10/01/2015)

According to a court document, Pryor has faced charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm several times.

While at the Jasper County Detention Center, Pryor allegedly assaulted inmate Zachary Nichols. It happened in the male holding cell. Footage of the incident showed Pryor lying on the ground and abruptly getting up. He goes towards Nichols who was lying on a bench. Pryor then hits Nichols repeatedly, stops after a few seconds, and stands near the doorway to the cell. That’s according to a probable cause document.

The Prosecutors Office charged him with unlawful possession of a firearm and 4th-degree assault. He is scheduled to go to trial for those charges on April 18, 2022.

Shooting Near Joplin School

Joseph Pryor was also involved in a 2017 shooting near Jefferson Elementary School in Joplin. Authorities say no kids were in school that day. Police arrested him for shooting a man in the face. Pryor and the victim both lived where the shooting happened.

Authorities arrested him in Newton County, but the crime happened in Jasper County.

Prosecutors originally charged him with possession of meth and felon in possession a firearm in Newton County. In Jasper County Pryor faced charges of 1st-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, 1st-degree attempted robbery, armed criminal action and felon in possession of a firearm.

In 2018, Pryor took an Alford Plea in court and was sentenced to three years for possession of a controlled substance and two years for unlawful possession of a firearm.

Previous Articles