Joplin police officers cleared by highway patrol in shooting

3 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Friday, December 11 2015 Dec 11, 2015 Friday, December 11, 2015 11:34:00 AM CST December 11, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JOPLIN (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol has cleared two officers to return to duty after a man was shot and wounded during a domestic disturbance call.

The Joplin Globe reports that the patrol has found that the Nov. 30 shooting of the 49-year-old man was justified. The wounded man, who is white, remains in intensive care at a Joplin hospital.

Police said the suspect had fled from an apartment the first time officers responded to the domestic disturbance. Police returned a little more than an hour later, and the suspect is accused of driving at an officer with a vehicle.

Police said one officer then shot the suspect multiple times, while the second officer didn't fire his weapon. The suspect, a state prison parolee, hasn't been charged in the altercation.

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