Thursday, November 29, 2018

Wesley Massey named Joplin Police Officer of the Month

(From the Joplin Police Department)

On October 4, 2018 Officer Wesley Massey was conducting a foot patrol in the 1100 block of Jackson Ave. Officer Massey had information that a wanted subject was staying at this address and had active warrants.

As Officer Massey approached the location he observed the suspect outside of 1129 S Jackson Ave. Officer Massey also noticed another male standing with the suspect. Officer Massey knew the male to be an another wanted subject. 

Officer Massey remembered the other suspect had PC for first degree assault and armed criminal action from our shift briefing. 

Officer Massey called for a backup. Other officers arrived on scene and were able to take them both into custody.

On October 22, 2018 Officer Massey was on patrol when he observed a silver/gray Ford Taurus at 2623 West 7th Street.. Officer Massey recalled there being a gray/silver 2003 Ford Taurus listed on the stolen vehicle list. 

Officer Massey initiated a vehicle stop in the 900 block of Schifferdecker Ave. The vehicle failed to yield and began fleeing. Jasper County was in the area and began to pursue the vehicle. Jasper County pursued the vehicle to Black Cat Rd/Citation Lane where the vehicle crashed, and the occupants fled on foot.

Officer Massey contacted deputies at the location along with K9 Officer R. Black. After a successful track a female suspect was located. As she was taken into custody she advised officers the identity of the driver of the vehicle. Officer Massey was able to obtain information as to where the driver fled. Officer Massey relayed this information to other officers. Once the officers had this information they were able to pinpoint where he was and take him into custody as well.

The female was arrested for resisting arrest by fleeing. The male was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, felony fleeing, receiving stolen property and felon in possession of a firearm. Officer Massey searched the vehicle and located a stolen Ruger .380 LCP. Due to Officer Massey’s proactive approach a stolen handgun was taken off the streets.

Matthew Stewart
Chief of Police

1 comment: