JOPLIN, Mo. — According to the Joplin Police Department, a suspect is in the hospital after being shot by a police officer Saturday morning.
The shooting happened near 25th Street and Annie Baxter Avenue when officers located a suspicious vehicle.
During an investigation it was found the vehicle was reported stolen and was occupied by a man who appeared to be passed out.
Officers used patrol vehicles to park in front of and behind the suspect vehicle. While trying to gain compliance with the suspect, he began using the stolen vehicle to ram two JPD patrol cars.
During this time, police say an officer involved shooting took place. Following the shooting, the suspect was treated and taken to Freeman Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He is currently in critical condition.
The suspect has been identified as a 35-year-old Joplin man.
One officer was examined at a local hospital for injuries but was later released.
Three officers from JPD were involved in the shooting and all three have been placed on paid administrative leave per department policy.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol was requested to conduct an investigation into this incident and that is currently active and ongoing.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more details become available.
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