The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

April 24, 2014

Deputy: Woman shoots neighbor in ongoing dispute

A dispute between neighbors led to a shooting Wednesday morning at a residence west of Joplin.

Robert L. Johnson, 44, was shot in the stomach with a small-caliber handgun about 10 a.m. on South State Line Road, according to the Jasper County sheriff’s office. Johnson was taken to a hospital in Joplin, where he underwent surgery for a wound that the sheriff’s office said was not life-threatening.

A neighbor was questioned to determine if the shooting was justified.

Capt. Derek Walrod of the sheriff’s office said a 30-year-old woman shot Johnson after he came to her property. He said the shooting took place outside the woman’s home.

The woman was arrested on suspicion of assault and armed criminal action, and was being held at the Jasper County Jail pending the filing of charges.

Walrod said an ongoing dispute between the two neighbors apparently led to the shooting.

“They just don’t get along together,” Walrod said.

The reasons for the animosity remain under investigation, Walrod said. Investigators had not yet had an opportunity to speak with Johnson, he said.

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