Man arrested in Joplin shooting, victim taken to hospital

Man arrested in Joplin shooting, victim taken to hospital
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Authorities arrest a suspect for shooting and wounding a Joplin resident.

On August 5th, 2019 around 11:19 pm, Joplin Police Officers were sent to a home at 1214 S. Connor Avenue for a disturbance with a weapon involved.

The caller said a male was pointing a gun at him, according to authorities. While on the phone with emergency dispatchers, he said the suspect was in an SUV type vehicle with an Arkansas plate. The caller then said he’d been shot and then disconnected from the line.

Officers arrived at the home and found the victim, Mark Kiefer, 38 of Joplin, with a gunshot wound to his arm. During that time, another officer found the suspect vehicle in the area of 4013 S. Highway 43.

The officer tried to stop the suspect vehicle, but it fled leading officers on a pursuit. During the chase, police say the suspect discarded two pistols from the vehicle. The 31-year-old suspect was arrested with the help of the Galena, Kansas Police Department and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim, Kiefer, was taken to a local hospital and later transported to a Springfield hospital. The Joplin Police Department says he’s currently in stable condition.

Police are requesting 1st Degree Assault, Armed Criminal Action, Felon in Possession of Firearm and Felony Resisting Arrest charges against the suspect.

The Joplin Police Department would like to thank the Galena, KS Police Department and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case.


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