The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

June 13, 2012

CJ man shot himself, according to Joplin police

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin police say the Carl Junction man who claimed on Monday to have been shot while being robbed at a Joplin convenience store instead shot himself.

There was no robbery.

An injured Shane Reeves, 40, on Monday walked into Horton’s Pizza Plus and convenience store at 1302 S. Schifferdecker Ave. and asked employees to call 911. Police were called just after 11 a.m.

Reeves told police that he had been shot while being robbed in the convenience store parking lot when he was getting out of his vehicle.

He initially was in critical condition after being taken to Freeman Hospital West. His condition was upgraded to stable on Tuesday.

Joplin police Sgt. Chad Allison said Reeves on Tuesday admitted that he shot himself. Allison said Reeves, despite being hospitalized, was coherent when making the statement.

Allison said the shooting did take place in the parking lot of the convenience store. The gun was found, but Allison said he didn’t want to say where it was found.

Allison said authorities do not know whether Reeves shot himself accidentally or intentionally.

“It’s still under investigation,” he said of Reeves’ motive. “We’re not really sure on the reason why, yet.”

Charges?

JOPLIN POLICE SGT. CHAD ALLISON said he was unsure whether an investigative report would be filed with the Jasper County prosecutor’s office for possible prosecution, but he would know by the end of the week.

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