Police investigate death of man in Bolivar

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UPDATE: Michael James Ybarra Jr has been charged with first- degree murder and armed criminal action.

Ybarra Jr is scheduled to appear in court on May 6, 2020, at 8:30 a.m.

UPDATE: BOLIVAR, Mo. — “Officers arrived and found one subject that had multiple gunshot wounds,” Bolivar Police Chief Mark Webb said.

That victim, Joshua Phillips, a 35 year old from Bolivar. The suspect was arrested a few hours later at apartments on College street.

“We believe there was some type of prior, they knew each other from some type of activity,” Webb said. “We’re not sure, that’s part of what they are investigating now.”

One of the agencies investigating is the Highway Patrol’s division of drug and crime, two things neighbors say was common at that house.

“I see police officers over there regularly,” Bolivar resident Justin Winder said. “The people change every now and again but it doesn’t seem to change much.”

Winder lives across the street. He said he called police two weeks ago because of a fire, now this shooting got him thinking.

“It makes me scared that it happened so close, but at the same time I know that I’m able to protect my family,” Winder said.

Webb says a deadly shooting isn’t common for a town like Bolivar.

“It’s rare in the smaller communities,” Webb said.

And Winder says he hopes it won’t happen again.

“I imagine that house is going to be kind of off-limits for drugs and stuff like that at least for a little while,” Winder said. “At least I hope.”

UPDATE (3:06): Police have identified the victim as Joshua Shawn Phillips, 35, of Bolivar, Mo.

UPDATE: Bolivar Police have taken the suspect into custody. He is currently being held at the Polk County Jail for first-degree Murder on Probable Cause.

BOLIVAR, Mo.– Police in Bolivar are looking for a suspect involved in a shooting early Monday morning (3/23/2020).

Police say around 5:30 a.m. they responded to the 200 block of West Buffalo Rd. for reports of shots being fired.

When they arrived, they found a white male dead inside the home.

A Hispanic male with a mustache, beard, and the number 13 tattooed on his face has been identified as the suspect.

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