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 wrecked the patrol car 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 this afternoon. Another officer is in critical condition, and another officer is in serious but stable condition.
This fundraiser is for all three families of the Officers involved. This Joplin Police Officer's Association fundraiser is the only fundraiser that is working directly with the families involved.