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Authorities reveal why they were searching for suspect killed in Joplin shootout

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Michael D. Findley Michael D. Findley

Updated April 19, 2013 at 12:40 PM CST:  Authorities reveal why they were searching for a suspect at a Joplin motel last week that ended in a shootout.

On Friday April 12 U.S. Marshal's agents located Michael Findley at Motel 6.  Authorities shot and killed the suspect as they attempted to take him into custody.

Findley was wanted for an active felony stealing warrant and also for questioning in another case, the death of his ex-girlfriend, a 23 year old Springfield area woman.

She was found with what appeared to be a self inflicted gun shot wound but evidence suggested her body was moved.

Updated April 12, 2013 at 3:40 PM CST:  A suspect is dead after a shootout with law enforcement in Joplin.

A search for Michael D. Findley, 45 of Springfield, led U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force to the Motel 6 at 3031 South Range Line Road in Joplin.  Findley had violated parole, had been charged with second degree assault on a law enforcement officer and also had an active warrant for felony stealing.

U.S. Marshals and Greene County deputies were at the scene and when they attempted to take him into custody at around 8:30 a.m. Friday morning a shooting took place and Findley was shot and killed.

That's when Joplin police received a call of shots fired at the motel.

"They located the suspect at the Motel 6, when he came out of the room shots were exchanged and the suspect is dead," says Corporal Chuck Niess of the Joplin Police Department.  "Fortunately no one else was injured or hurt, so that's a good thing."

Joplin police weren't the only ones who received phone calls.  At about the same time the general manager of the motel, Nimesh Modi, says he got a call from several workers hearing the same thing.

"I looked through the blinds and saw quite a bit of police cars outside, so then she called me up on the phone and said 'I had to get up to the office ASAP,'" says Modi.  "It was kind of a frantic situation, especially with the guests we have staying back there, even though they're strangers that come in every day we have to care for them like they're our family."

One of the workers who contacted Modi was a maintenance man who was very close to room 256, where the suspect was staying overnight.

"He was kind of a little bit nervous about what was going on in general, we weren't real sure and all I could see were a lot of cop cars every where, different counties and everything," says Modi.

Even though the shooting is over, motel workers say that the guests have been a little shook up."

"As soon as you hear a gunshot or anything, it raises questions, people tend to freak out, but we tried to calm the situation down as best we could," says Modi.  "A few of them were traumatized, never seen so many cop cars in their lives.  They weren't sure what was going on, if the situation was under control, if the suspect was still at large, if they were still searching for him."

As Modi said, many of the guests staying at the motel were concerned about hearing the shots.  However, the suspect is dead and no officers were harmed in the process.

An autopsy will be preformed on Findley's body but it has not yet been scheduled.

Posted April 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM CST:  News release issued by the Joplin Police Department

Joplin investigators are currently working a shooting scene at Motel 6, located at 3031 S. Rangeline Rd. At 08:35 hours the Joplin Police Department received a call of shots fired at Motel 6. Agents with a Federal Fugitive Task Force encountered a suspect they were searching for on the parking lot. Shots were fired and the suspect was killed. No officers or other persons were injured in the shooting. 

The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. No Joplin officers were involved in the shooting. More information will be released as the investigation progresses.

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