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Officer Involved Shooting Case Being Reviewed by Prosecuting Attorney

GREENE COUNTY, Mo. -- Sheriff Jim Arnott announced today that the officer involved shooting investigation involving Joshua Ford has been concluded and the case has been submitted to the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney.
GREENE COUNTY, Mo. -- An officer involved shooting case is now in the hands of the Greene County Prosecutor.

It's been nearly three weeks since 33-year-old Joshua Ford was shot and killed by a Sheriff's Deputy during an altercation near I-44 and Farm Road 45 on December 1.

This all started when a homeowner called and reported Ford on their property with a weapon.  He ran into the woods nearby.

Earlier reports indicate that Ford charged at deputies with what they say looked like a weapon.  That's when at least one deputy fired at Ford.

Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott says handing the case over to the prosecutor once investigated by the Sheriff's Department is routine.

Sheriff Arnott also tells us that officer involved shootings are rare in Greene County.

"I've been here since 1988," says Sheriff Arnott.  "As far back as I can remember, we've had a total of about nine to ten, somewhere in there."

The most recent involving his department took place on December 1.

"There was an encounter between the deputy and the deceased," says Arnott.  "Shots were fired and that's the basic details I can give you right now."

Sheriff Arnott announced Thursday that the investigation involving 33-year-old Joshua Ford has been concluded.  It was submitted to the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Thursday afternoon.

"Just as in any criminal case, we gather the information and present the facts, evidence and details to the prosecuting attorney," says Arnott.  "It will take some time for the prosecutor to review all the facts and evidence."

Sheriff Arnott says it's standard procedure for the investigation to be done internally.  It's now up to the prosecutor to determine whether the shooting was justified or if potential criminal charges need to be filed.

"I want the prosecutor to look at everything and make a determination of who did what," says Arnott.  "And they can review the facts and evidence and make a detailed description of what they believe happened."

Patrol cars are equipped with dash board cameras which makes it easier to collect evidence.

"Everything is caught on video and audio because the deputies wear that," says Arnott.  "It's a lot easier to do an investigation now than it was 15 years ago."

While the Greene County Sheriff's Department has enough man power to handle these investigations, Sheriff Arnott says it's never easy.

"Deputies or anyone involved would not want to be in this position," says Arnott.  "And we hope people make better choices.  It's just a bad situation, nobody wins."

Sheriff Arnott says up until 2011, the Missouri State Highway Patrol often shadowed his department's officer involved shooting investigations but due to the large number that occur across the state, that no longer happens.

Sheriff Arnott could not give us a time table for how long the prosecutor will take.

Two of the deputies are back at work and have passed their "fit for duty" tests.  One deputy, however, remains on paid leave.



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