Joplin Police have identified the man who was assaulted Friday night in a possible homicide. Read the full press release below:
Detectives worked overnight and continue to investigate today. This case is now considered a
homicide investigation. The victim in the case is identified as Shawn M. Rockers, 27, Joplin.
Next of Kin was notified last night. No arrests have been made. An autopsy has been scheduled
for Monday in Springfield. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Joplin Police
On 1-11-2019 at 6:50PM the Joplin Police Department was dispatched to 3rd and Connor
for a male down in the roadway. Officers arrived and determined the male had been assaulted.
He was transported to Freeman Hospital and detectives began an investigation. The male later
died at the hospital and a death investigation is underway. No arrests have been made. Anyone
with any information on the case is asked to please contact the Joplin Police Department.