Deputy shot at southwest Missouri motel; suspect arrested

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JOPLIN, Mo. (KAKE) -

Police in southwest Missouri say a St. Louis man was forced out of a motel room with "chemical munitions," after he allegedly shot a sheriff's deputy.

A statement posted Wednesday night on the Joplin Police Department Facebook page said EF Fitchpatrick Jr. of St. Louis, 43, was in treatment at a hospital and in police custody.

The statement added wounded Jasper County Deputy Nolan Murray remained in stable condition at a different hospital. He was shot once through a window of the Joplin Econolodge motel.


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A suspect is under arrest and in a hospital, after a sheriff's deputy was shot while serving a search warrant at a Joplin, Missouri motel.

ABC affiliate KODE-TV reported the arrest occurred after a SWAT team fired gas into a motel room. It's not clear if anyone else was in the room.

The Jasper County Deputy who was shot is identified as Nolan Murray. He was reported in stable condition Wednesday evening.


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Several media reports indicated shots were fired at an Econolodge near Interstate 44 around 4:00 p.m. ABC affiliate KODE-TV reported online the deputy was shot one in the torso, but was alert and speaking as he was rushed to surgery.

The victim is identified as Nolan Murray, who is part of the Ozarks Drug Task Force.

A SWAT team was called to the motel, along with several law officers from around the area. It is not clear how many people are in the room where the shots were fired.

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