The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 12, 2013

Fugitive shot at motel was a parole absconder


From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — A man shot and killed by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force outside the Motel 6 in Joplin was a parole absconder who had been convicted of assaulting a law enforcement officer.

Authorities are still withholding the identity of the fugitive killed in the shooting in the parking lot of the motel at 3031 S. Range Line Road pending notification of his next of kin.

But Joplin police have corrected information released earlier today that he was a suspect in a homicide. Police now say the fugitive had been convicted of second-degree assault on an officer and had an outstanding warrant for felony stealing.

Shots were fired at 8:35 a.m. when members of the task force, which includes some Greene County sheriff’s deputies, encountered the fugitive outside the motel. No officers or civilians were injured in the shooting.