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Suspect in custody following Monday night shooting death in Joplin

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI - A suspect is in custody following a Monday night shooting death in Joplin.

Officials responded to a mobile home off 200 E. Zora Avenue, just after 8:30 last night.

"Nothing this bad has ever happened here," said Jake Odwyer, neighbor.

Area residents are surprised to hear the suspect in custody was the roommate of the victim.

49-year-old James Swatsenberg was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound inside their residence at K-Wood Mobile Estates.

The primary suspect is 39-year-old Alexander Sewell, who was on scene at the time of the shooting.

At this time, Sewell has only been charged as a felon in possession of a firearm.

"This is an isolated event," said Sergeant Rusty Rives, Joplin Police Department. "Nobody else is at risk or in any danger over this event."

Officials say Swatsenberg's autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Sewell made the 911 call himself, and gave a statement to authorities following the incident.

While officials say there is no threat to nearby residents, neighbors say they are shaken by what has happened to Swatsenberg, who they remember as an outgoing, friendly person.

"I think everybody got a long with him," Odwyer said. "He was pretty nice to get along with. He'd make sure everybody was in the storm shelter, if there was any kind of situation going on, and he would just always try to be nice and meet with people."

No motive has been released.

Sewell is currently being held on a $10,000 cash only bond.
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