CASSVILLE, Mo. -- The Cassville Police Department has released the names of the officer and man involved in a fatal officer-involved shooting Tuesday.
According to Cassville Police Chief Dana Kammerlohrn, Cpl. Donald Privett shot at 25-year-old John Thomas after he assaulted the officer with a pipe.
The shot struck Thomas, who later died in an ambulance on the way to a Springfield hospital.
Privett has been placed on routine administrative leave, pending results of an investigation being conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Barry County Sheriff's Office.
CASSVILLE, Mo. -- One man is dead and an officer injured in an officer-involved shooting in Cassville Tuesday, according to Chief Dana Kammerlohr of the Cassville Police Department.
On June 10, around 7:30 a.m., the Cassville Police Department responded to a call at 600 Old Exeter Rd. on a report of a disturbance in progress.
Upon arrival, officers observed an altercation between a suspect and another officer. After the suspect assaulted the officer with a pipe, the officer discharged his firearm. The shot struck the suspect.
A neighbor at the Cassville Apartments where the incident occurred says the suspect was a man in his early-to-mid 20s. She says after the man was shot, he attempted to get up, but collapsed.
The suspect died in the ambulance en route to a hospital in Springfield.
The assaulted officer was transported to Mercy Hospital in Cassville for injuries sustained in the assault. Kammerlohr says the officer is recovering from those injuries at this time.
According to Kammerlohr, the officer has been placed on routine administrative leave, pending results of an investigation being conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Barry County Sheriff's Office.
"It's a sad situation and we're handling it the best that we can at this point," says Kammerlohr. "We're a close-knit family, but yet it's hard on the department as a family."
The names of the suspect and the officer have not yet been released.
Additional details will be updated as they are made available.
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