Suspect accused of shooting deputy serving warrant at motel
JOPLIN (AP) — A St. Louis man who authorities allege shot a southwestern Missouri sheriff's deputy serving a warrant at a motel is charged with felony assault.
Joplin police say Newton County prosecutors charged 43-year-old E. F. Fitchpatrick with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser says deputy Nolan Murray was wounded in the upper body Wednesday by a gunshot from a second-story room's window at an Econo Lodge. Murray remained hospitalized Thursday.
Investigators say the suspect then barricaded himself in a motel room for about three hours before surrendering.
Fitchpatrick sustained what authorities said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his face. He also was hospitalized Thursday, under police guard.
Online court records don't show if Fitchpatrick has an attorney.