Parolee shot by police leaves Joplin hospital against advice
JOPLIN (AP) — A man wounded by police during a domestic disturbance call is a fugitive after leaving a Joplin hospital against medical advice.
Joplin police Capt. Bob Higginbotham says 49-year-old Jeffrey Hill was in serious, if not critical, medical condition when a friend helped him leave Freeman Hospital West in a wheelchair on Dec. 21. Police said officers shot Hill, who is white, on Nov. 30 when he attempted to run over an officer with a vehicle.
The Joplin Globe reports that Hill was not under guard at the hospital at the time because he hadn't been arrested in the incident. But a warrant has been issued charging him with violating his parole.
Higginbotham says the friend who helped Hill leave the hospital didn't violate any laws.