News to Know: MHP investigates officer involved shooting, and VFW opens new building in Webb City

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JOPLIN, Mo. – Three Joplin Police officers are on paid leave after an officer-involved shooting. It happened near Cunningham Park. According to the Joplin Police Department, on Saturday officers on patrol noticed a vehicle with a driver unconscious inside. A run of the tag came back with the vehicle listed as stolen. The officers then boxed the car in so the man couldn’t wake up and flee. Authorities say the man then tried to leave the scene by ramming the police vehicles. An altercation continued and an officer involved shooting occurred. The man in the vehicle is in the hospital in critical condition. The Missouri Highway Patrol is conducting a criminal investigation into the incident as an uninvolved third party. Read more about the shooting investigation here.

WEBB CITY, Mo. – The grand opening of the new VFW building in Webb City happened on Sunday. The new building is just down the road from the old one. The VFW celebrated with sweets, and gifts for the members who helped make this happen. The VFW serves the veterans, the military, and the community. It ensures all veterans are respected for their service and recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Fire and Police departments partner with Hideout Harley Davidson and the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks. They hosted their inaugural Boots, Badges and Bikes community challenge blood drive. It’s a fun event where the community gets the chance to come together and support local patients. They even held a vote where people could show their support for the police or fire departments.

NEVADA, Mo. – The blood drive in Joplin wasn’t the only blood drive competition using votes. The Vernon County Sheriff’s department and Nevada police and fire departments hosted friendly competitions as well. The department’s held the Battle of the Badges blood drive and the competition, to see who could recruit the most blood donors in their community.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival returned over the weekend after a two-year hiatus. The historic water race raises money for the Denver area’s Emerging Leader’s Program and promotes culture of Colorado’s Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The race is also a lot of fun on the water…. this morning we are asking… what is your favorite activity on the water? Join our KOAM Facebook discussion and cast your vote on our KOAM InstaPoll @ koamnewsnow.com/vote.