POPLAR BLUFF, Missouri- In the immediate aftermath of three Kansas City Missouri police officers and an MSHP trooper being shot this week, a Poplar Bluff officer have been hit by gunfire today.
A US Marshal was also struck, but apparently saved by body armor.
KFVS is reporting officers from the Poplar Bluff Police Department and US Marshals Service responded to an apartment located at 624 Kinzer Street in Poplar Bluff, in an attempt to arrest James Odell Johnson Jr. (28) of Poplar Bluff.
After they knocked on the door, officers were contacted by a woman who was removed from the apartment. Officers confirmed the suspect was present, then entered the apartment.
As they went inside, Johnson opened fire. Multiple rounds were fired and Poplar Bluff Police Detective Corey Mitchell was wounded by a handgun, the KFVS report explains.
Mitchell’s wound was non-life threatening according to police. Mitchell was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Additionally, Task Force Officer with the US Marshals Service was struck in his body armor. No additional injuries were reported by this officer.
After the initial shooting, Johnson barricaded himself, along with a woman, in a bedroom of the apartment. Police said they established a perimeter outside of the residence and began negotiating with Johnson to surrender, the report said.
After a short standoff, Johnson surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident, police said. He was taken to the Poplar Bluff Police Department for interviewing and will be held, pending the filing of formal charges.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has been requested to conduct an investigation into the incident. The Poplar Bluff Police Department, the US Marshals Service, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Sikeston Department of Public Safety and Butler County Sheriff’s Department responded to the incident.