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Joplin Police Investigate Drive By Shooting

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On June 14th, 2018, dispatch received multiple 911 calls about a drive by shooting at 406 N. Pearl Avenue in Joplin, Missouri. The calls came in around 11:30 p.m.

When officers arrived they secured the scene and determined that there were no injuries.

Investigators were told that a vehicle described as a dark SUV drove by the home and a person in the SUV fired multiple gunshots.

About three hours later, two detectives were parked in an unmarked police vehicle in the area of Broadway Street and High Avenue. They say a dark SUV matching the description of the suspect vehicle pulled up beside them. They say a person in the SUV pointed an unknown object at them and then shouted. The detectives tried to make contact with the subjects in the SUV, however it fled and a chase began.

The pursuit continued into Labette County, Kansas where the vehicle came to a stop. The driver was arrested by the Labette County Sheriff's Office. One other adult and four juveniles were also in the vehicle. Charges for the driver have been submitted to the Jasper County, Missouri Prosecutor's office for felony resisting arrest by fleeing and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Three of the juveniles were released to a parent or guardian and one was taken to a detention center due to being reported as a runaway.

Authorities are still investigating the incident. They believe the SUV pursued is linked to the shooting that took place at 406 N. Pearl Avenue.

Joplin Police are asking that anyone with information about the case call them at 417-623-3131 x885.

The JPD thanks the Labette County Sheriff's Office for their assistance.

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