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Thursday afternoon while investigating a stolen vehicle at 5206 Gerbitz Rd. A Jasper County Police Officer was shot in the leg and taken to a local hospital. S.W.A.T is on scene. The police have several procedures that are going through at this moment to ensure safety of everyone in the area.
Description of subject- Bald white male and has tattoos.
All local media is set up Cavary Chapel parking lot will bring updates from police as it is released.
Heavy police presence in the area.
Missouri Highway Patrol
Multiple Jasper County Sheriff’s
Mets Emergency vehicles
The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office released the preliminary autopsy on Kenneth T. Ashburn, the suspect in the officer involved shooting in Jasper County on September 12th
An autopsy was conducted. The preliminary autopsy suggest Ashburn died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head. The investigation into this incident by the Missouri State Highway Patrol is ongoing .
Joplin, Mo- Shortly after 6 p.m. this evening, The Joplin Police Department were dispatched to West 7th & S. Gray. Reports of a motorcycle colliding with a 4×4 Blue F-150 pickup. One fatality has been reported.
3 individuals were transported to an area hospital and 2 occupants were inside the truck. The Major Crash Team was dispatched to the scene and is piecing the crash back together. MoDOT was also assisting with the crash.
Late this eveing the Joplin Fire Department along with Webb City Fire Department responded to a large structure fire at 3207 N St. Louis St near the Joplin Airport. Heavy smoke could be spotted from miles away across the Joplin area. Multiple fire crews were dispatched to the scene causing road closers on St. Louis Street and delays in the neighborhood. The cause of the structure fire is still being investigated
This is an on going story we will update when more information becomes available
Photo Credit: Jeremy Scherle/Regional Entertainment
(Joplin Fire Department Along With Webb City Working As A Team)
Late this evening in Joplin, Missouri a shooting occured by Junge Stadium near S Conner Street. Jason Kinney a local neighbor sent us in this video footage taken around 11:34 p.m. This was filmed just a few houses away. Multiple Joplin Police Officers were dispatched along with emergency personnel. One person was reported shot at, and the suspect took off on foot.
Witness heard loud arguing then someone yelling “I’m f****** shot” several times. The witness only heard one shot fired.
Media Contact: Captain Nick Jimenez
417-623-3131 ext 676
On August 5th, 2019 at approximately 11:19 P.M. Officers with the Joplin Police Department were dispatched to 1214 S. Connor Ave Joplin, MO about a disturbance with a weapon involved. A caller reported that a male was pointing a gun at him. While on the phone with emergency dispatchers he reported that the suspect was in a SUV type of vehicle with Arkansas plate. The caller then reported he’d been shot then disconnected from the line.
Officers responded and contacted victim identified as Mark Kiefer, 38 of Joplin, MO with a gunshot wound to his arm. As officers on scene were assisting the victim, another officer located the suspect vehicle in the area 4013 S. HWY 43. The officer attempted to stop the suspect vehicle and it fled leading officers on a pursuit. During the pursuit the suspect discarded two pistols from the vehicle as he fled. The suspect identified as Paul Phillips age 31 of Joplin, MO was taken into custody with the assistance of Galena, KS Police Department and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
The victim identified as Mark Kiefer age 38 of Joplin, MO was transported to a local hospital with a gunshot wound. Kiefer was later transported to a Springfield, MO hospital for further treatment. Kiefer is currently in stable medical condition. Paul Phillips has been arrested for 1st Degree Assault, Armed Criminal Action, Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Felony Resisting Arrest. Charges have been submitted to both the Jasper County Prosecutors Office and the Newton County Prosecutors Office. 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.
This is a developing story more information as it becomes available.