Second officer will not recover from injuries in shooting Joplin Police Chief states

Ofc Jake Reed, 27, "is an organ donor and plans are underway for his heroic actions to bring life to people." Chief Sloan Roland

JOPLIN, Mo. – In a planned press conference Thursday we learn a second Joplin Police officer will not survive the shooting from Tuesday afternoon in Joplin.  Three officers were seriously injured and transported to hospitals from two shooting locations.  The shooter did not survive.

Ofc Jake Reed, 27, responded to the initial call with Cpl Ben Cooper. Jake began his career with our department in 2017. Jake is a member of the Patrol Division. After consulting with family, and with their permission, we are sad to inform you that Jake will not recover from his injuries. Jake is an organ donor, and plans are underway for Jake’s heroic actions to bring life to people needing organ transplants. We ask that you lift up his family in prayer as they grieve. We are so proud, so thankful and forever in debt for his service to this community. We are honored to have served with Jake.

Cpl Benjamin Cooper, 46, died Tuesday shortly after the shooting from injuries. Cpl Cooper was a veteran officer of the Joplin Police Department starting his career in 2003 before transferring to a sheriff’s department in Colorado. He then returned to the Joplin Police Department in 2013 and promoted to Cpl in 2016. Ben leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

Ofc Rickey Hirshey is currently in serious but stable condition. Ofc Hirshey has over 20 years of service to the Joplin Police Department. He is a member of our crime free team. Ofc Hirshey encountered the suspect as he was trying to steal another vehicle. Ofc Hirshey pulled his patrol vehicle up to box in the suspect, to prevent escape and to end this violent rampage. The suspect fired through the patrol car window, striking Rick in the face. Ofc Hirshey bravely confronted this active threat to protect other officers and citizens from further danger. Rick is facing some challenges but expected to recover. We ask that you lift him and his family up in prayer as he recovers.

Capt William Davis engaged the suspect with his duty weapon and stopped the suspect just after Ofc Hirshey was hit. Capt Davis has been with the Police Department for over 15 years and is our current Public Information Officer. It should be noted that Capt Davis left a position of cover exposing himself while the suspect was firing a weapon at officers. If not for Capt Davis’ actions, additional officers or citizens could have been killed. We ask that you also pray for Will and his family in the days to come.

Funeral arrangements will be made available in the days to come.


JOPLIN PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS L59 TRIBUTE -We thank you for your heroic efforts while serving the citizens and visitors of Joplin on March 8, 2022. Your acts of heroism during this dark hour will never be forgotten. Our continued thoughts and prayers remain with our JPD brothers and sisters, the families and friends of our fallen, our Joplin Dispatchers, our JFD brothers and sisters, Mets, and our community. The support and condolences for our JPD officers is overwhelming and is much appreciated.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt released a statement regarding the Joplin Police officers, “Abby and I are praying for Joplin Police Officer Jake Reed’s wife and family, his fellow officers, and the entire Joplin community. Officer Reed and Corporal Benjamin Cooper rushed toward danger, never hesitating to put the safety of others ahead of their own. There is nothing more selfless, more heroic, and more honorable. We are grateful they answered the call to serve and we are forever indebted to their families.”

The Joplin Police Dept say several have called asking how to help. “One way people can show their support would be to donate blood at the Community Blood Center, located at the Northpark Mall.”

Joplin Mayor Ryan Stanley encouraged people to support the Fraternal Order of Police Go Fund Me account to benefit the officers involved in the March 8, 2022, Officer Involved Shooting. 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 Officer Memorial has been moved indoors due to the incoming winter weather.  It is available for viewing daily 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. inside the lobby of the Joplin Criminal Justice Center, 303 E 3rd, Joplin.  Walk into the front lobby and turn right at the courtroom doors and it is down that hall.

The Officer Memorial also has images of all officers who have died in service of the Joplin Police Department.

Those Who Gave the Ultimate Sacrifice while serving the Joplin Police Dept