JOPLIN, Mo. — A press conference at 9 AM Wednesday morning shed more light on Tuesday’s officer-involved shooting which resulted in the death of an officer, the gunman, and the injuries of two other officers.
Gretchen Bolander was live from Joplin City Hall to share the latest information on the fatal shooting. You can watch or read below for a recap of what was discussed during the press conference.
The confrontation began around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon near 4th and Range Line, where officers initially responded to a disturbance. Officers attempted to take the suspect into custody, but he shot two officers and fled in a stolen patrol car.
The suspect fired his weapon from the stolen patrol car but crashed the vehicle near 9th and Connecticut and fled on foot while firing at officers and injuring one.
Responding officers fired at the suspect and struck him – ending the pursuit.
The suspect, now identified as 40-year-old Anthony Felix, of Joplin died.
JPD Corporal Ben Cooper has been identified as the officer who died. He began his career with the department in 2003 and returned to JPD in 2013 after serving with a sheriff’s office in Colorado. He was promoted to Corporal in 2016. Cpl. Cooper leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
Of the two other officers injured in the incident, one remains in critical condition and the other remains in serious, but stable condition.
On Wednesday, members of the public adorned a police cruiser with flowers and other memorabilia in front of the Joplin Police Department in honor of the three officers shot.