UPDATE: They have identified the suspect as 47-year-old Brad Stirewalt of Diamond. Read the full press release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol below:
At 11:30 p.m. on January 12, 2020, officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Newton County Sheriff’s Department, and Jasper County Sheriff’s Department stopped a suspected intoxicated driver in a parking lot near Airport Drive in Carthage, Missouri. The man exited his vehicle and fired a weapon at the officers. Fearing for their safety, the officers returned fire striking the suspect. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. Preliminary investigation identified the suspect as Brad Stirewalt, 47, of Diamond, Missouri. Officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug & Crime Control and Jasper County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the officer-involved shooting.
A man was killed after firing on law enforcement officers in Carthage late Sunday night.
It all started around 11 PM when a deputy started following an alleged drunk driver on Highway 59, just south of I-44. A short time later, the deputy and another unit tried to pull the man over after he cut through a parking lot in Carthage near the Sherwin Williams and Mazoo Liqor on Grand Avenue.
The unidentified man got out of his Ford Ranger and fired upon the officers, grazing one in the thigh. Several other law enforcement officers then returned fire which killed the suspect. The investigation is ongoing, we’ll have more details for you as they are available.