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Joplin cop and suspect ‘killed in Missouri shooting that killed 3 officers during police chase’

A police officer is dead along with a suspect after a shooting in Joplin, Missouri, on Tuesday.

The incident happened just after 1:20 p.m. local time, according to Deputy Chief of Police Brian Lewis of the Joplin Police Department.

Three police officers have been shot dead in Joplin, Missouri

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Three police officers have been shot dead in Joplin, Missouri
According to the police, several scenes are involved

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According to the police, several scenes are involvedPhoto credit: KSN
The suspect has reportedly died

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The suspect has reportedly diedPhoto credit: KSN

The deaths of the officer and suspect were confirmed by Jasper County Coroner Randy Nace. Their names have not been released to the public.

Two other officers were shot dead, but authorities have not commented on their terms.

Police were responding to a disturbance near a Buckle clothing store when they came across a suspect.

A chase allegedly ensued and more shots were fired at a second location just over a mile away, hitting a third officer and the suspect.

All three officers, as well as the suspect, were taken to local hospitals, the outlet reports. According to KY3, the suspect has since died.

Lewis told the media there was a third scene related to this incident.

He also said that there is currently no active threat to the community.

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe tweeted a statement about the shooting.

“Please join @ClaudiaLKehoe and I in praying for the officers involved in the shooting in Joplin today, and for their families and colleagues.”

Missouri State Senator Bill White has called for a minute’s silence in the Senate because the incident occurred in his home district, according to FOX2 reporter Emily Manley.

Joplin is a city on Route 66 in southwestern Missouri. It has a population of over 200,000.

There will be a prayer vigil for Joplin Police Officers at Cunningham Park tonight at 7pm.

The Missouri Highway Patrol takes care of the crime scene and investigates further.

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Bobby Allyn

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