Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Felony charges filed against Joplin man who allegedly shot man in the face, held on no bond

(From the Joplin Police Department)

Charges filed

The Jasper County Prosecutor’s Office filed unlawful use of a weapon, attempted robbery first degree, assault first degree, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm against Joseph D. Pryor, 25, Joplin, with no bond. The Newton County Prosecutor’s Office filed possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm against Pryor with a $3,000 bond.

Earlier News Release

On 11/28/2017 at 10:19 p.m. officers responded to the area of 202 South McKinley for reports of gunshots.

A caller reported hearing two shots and yelling from the residence. Officers contacted multiple people at the residence and cleared the house. They didn’t find anybody injured or any signs of a shooting. Nobody at the residence confirmed a shooting occurred either. While there, officers did locate a stolen vehicle parked in the driveway. The stolen Nissan Pickup was reported stolen to Jasper County the day previous and was recovered by our officers.

Shortly thereafter, officers who were still investigating received information that a male had been shot in the face at the location and taken away before the officers arrived.

Officers and detectives began and extensive investigation to determine the location of the victim. The victim was located in Joplin later in the night and had been shot in the face. It was determined he was in fact shot at that residence. He was described as having non-life-threatening injuries, with a bullet striking him in one side of the face and exiting the other side.

At approximately 7 a.m. this morning, officers and detectives located and arrested Joseph D Pryor, 25, from Joplin at the Sunrise Inn on South Range Line.

Pryor is currently being held in the Joplin City Jail. Charges are being submitted to the Jasper County Prosecutor for 1st Degree Robbery, 1st Degree Assault, armed criminal action and felon in possession of a firearm. Charges are also being submitted to the Newton County Prosecutor, related to the arrest location, for possession of a controlled substance and felon in possession of a firearm.

This case is still under investigation.

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