FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Springfield police officers were dispatched to 1529 N. Marjorie at approximately 6:08 p.m. on Aug. 12 in regards to a male suspect who had called 911 stating he wanted to commit suicide. The suspect also made threats to shoot neighbors and to shoot responding police officers. When officers arrived at the address they established a perimeter around the home and observed the male subject outside the home carrying a rifle.
Officers attempted to speak with the suspect, but he was non-compliant and refused to put down the rifle. The suspect then positioned himself behind a vehicle and pointed the rifle at officers. One officer fired his duty weapon, striking the suspect. Officers then secured the suspect and rendered aid. The suspect was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he is in stable condition. His injuries are non-life threatening.
The suspect was identified as Jerry E. Beasley, 43, of Springfield. The Greene County Prosecuting Attorney filed charges of assault on a law enforcement officer and unlawful use of a weapon against Beasley. The bond was set at $40,000. Charges announced herein are merely allegations, and Beasley is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
The involved officer has been placed on administrative leave, per department policy, while the SPD conducts the investigation into the shooting. Once complete, the results of that investigation will also be submitted to the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney for review.
Detectives continue to investigate the officer involved shooting. Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-8477.
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Case number: 17-35394
Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
Release authorized by: Chief Paul Williams