Officer shoots, wounds suicidal man in Springfield

11 months 4 days 18 hours ago Monday, August 14 2017 Aug 14, 2017 Monday, August 14, 2017 8:15:00 AM CDT August 14, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say an officer has shot and wounded a man who pointed a rifle at responding officers after calling 911 to report that he wanted to commit suicide.

Springfield police said in a news release that 43-year-old Jerry Beasley, of Springfield, is in stable condition at a hospital after he was shot Saturday night. He is charged in Greene County with assault on a law enforcement officer and unlawful use of a weapon. Bond is set at $40,000.

The release says a perimeter was established around Beasley's home after he threatened to shoot neighbors and responding officers. Police say officers attempted to talk to Beasley but that he refused to put down the rifle. He was shot after positioning himself behind a vehicle and pointing the rifle at officers.

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