Patrol: Man fatally shot after pulling gun on trooper
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.)