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A shooting in Joplin, A chase through KS, a man in jail

Officers with the Joplin Police Department were dispatched to 1214 S. Connor Ave Joplin, MO about a disturbance with a weapon involved. A caller reported that a male was pointing a gun at him. While on the phone
with emergency dispatchers he reported that the suspect was in a SUV type of vehicle with
Arkansas plate. The caller then reported he’d been shot then disconnected from the line.
Officers responded and contacted victim identified as Mark Kiefer, 38 of Joplin, MO with
a gunshot wound to his arm. As officers on scene were assisting the victim, another officer
located the suspect vehicle in the area 4013 S. HWY 43. The officer attempted to stop the
suspect vehicle and it fled leading officers on a pursuit. During the pursuit the suspect discarded
two pistols from the vehicle as he fled. The suspect identified as Paul Phillips age 31 of Joplin,
MO was taken into custody with the assistance of Galena, KS Police Department and Cherokee
County Sheriff’s Office.
The victim identified as Mark Kiefer age 38 of Joplin, MO was transported to a local
hospital with a gunshot wound. Kiefer was later transported to a Springfield, MO hospital for
further treatment. Kiefer is currently in stable medical condition. Paul Phillips has been arrested
for 1 st Degree Assault, Armed Criminal Action, Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Felony
Resisting Arrest. Charges have been submitted to both the Jasper County Prosecutors Office
and the Newton County Prosecutors Office. The Joplin Police Department would like to thank
the Galena, KS Police Department and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance
in this case.

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