Patrol: Man fatally shot after pulling gun on trooper

10 months 3 days 23 hours ago May 19, 2016 May 19, 2016 Thursday, May 19 2016 Thursday, May 19, 2016 4:19:00 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press and Danielle Katz, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
Courtesy of KSDK

SULLIVAN — An eastern Missouri man has been fatally shot by a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper after allegedly pulling a gun on the officer.

The shooting happened Wednesday near Sullivan, 70 miles southwest of St. Louis. The man killed was 44-year-old Joseph Weatherby of Sullivan.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, Weathersby was wanted on a felony warrant for probation violation and a misdemeanor warrant for driving while revoked.

Patrol spokesman Cody Fulkerson said the trooper initiated a traffic stop on an Interstate 44 service road one mile west of Sullivan. Weatherby sped across a parking lot of the Ditch Witch Groundbreaking Co.

After a brief chase, Fulkerson says Weatherby got out and ran, pointing a gun at the trooper during the foot chase. The trooper shot him once in the chest.

Weatherby died later Wednesday at a Sullivan hospital.

Fulkerson says Weatherby did not fire a shot. The trooper's name has not been released.

(Editor's note: KOMU.com has updated this story to include information from Missouri State Highway Patrol.)

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