UPDATE: The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department says at approximately 7:42  pm on July 9, 2018, detectives from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office along with Richland City Police Officers were concluding a narcotic investigation with the execution of a search warrant in the 500 block of Louise Street in Richland, Missouri, when they encountered what appeared to be an improvised explosive device inside the residence. Two juvenile children were located in the residence that were evacuated.

Joseph Trotter was charged by the Pulaski County Prosecutor Kevin Hillman with 5 class D Felonies:
Unlawful Possession of an Explosive Weapon
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
Two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child Creating a Substantial Risk
Unlawful Possession, Transport, Manufacture, Repair, or Sale of Illegal Weapon
Judge Colin P Long set a bond at $250,000 Cash or Surety on July 10, 2018.

The detectives secured the residence and awaited the arrival of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Bomb Squad to clear the building before resuming the search. The Richland Tri-County Fire Department was on standby for this incident. The device was removed by Missouri State Highway Patrol Bomb Squad and a joint investigation was launched with Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms.

After resuming the search of the residence, detectives located a 22 caliber handgun with a magazine containing 10 live rounds. The suspect was Mirandized and questioned, he admitted he made the explosive device and purchased the handgun knowing he has two prior felony convictions, the agency explained.

 

The suspect was arrested and put on a 24 hour hold awaiting charges. A probable cause statement was sent to the Pulaski Prosecuting Attorneys for Unlawful Possession of an Explosive Device, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child 1st Degree

 

 

PULASKI COUNTY, Missouri- Tonight, Detectives from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s
Office along with Richland City Police Officers were concluding a narcotic
investigation with the execution of a search warrant in the 500 block of Louise Street in
Richland, Missouri, when they encountered what appeared to be an improvised explosive
device inside the residence.

The Detectives secured the residence. At this time the Detectives are awaiting the arrival
of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Bomb Squad to clear the building before resuming
the search. The Richland Tri-County Fire Department is on standby for this incident they said in a press release.