Joplin Police Department Officer Shooting
Joplin Police Department Memorial
The community has been amazing in our great time of grief. You have flocked to this memorial out front so we wanted to update you on a change to it. Unfortunately, with the impending snow and weather we will be moving the memorial into the PD lobby this afternoon. To increase availability, the lobby will be open to the community to pay their respects until further notice from 7am to 10pm daily and through the weekend with department employees staffing the lobby for security. We can’t thank everyone enough for the support.
Press Statement JPD
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.
Press Statement from Joplin Fire Department
We are hurting right now because we lost two brothers and another is injured. That pain pales in comparison to the pride we have in the way they responded to protect their community from evil and danger. We don’t say it enough but thank you JPD for what you do and thank you for running toward the threat to keep all of us safe.
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