Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says a man is dead after a he allegedly shot a deputy and the Sheriff began a manhunt on Thursday evening.
The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says the incident occurred when deputies went to check on a report of a stolen vehicle. Upon trying to approach the suspect, shots were fired and the deputy was shot in the leg. He is in stable condition.
The suspect died of gunshot wounds not far from the original altercation. It is not clear if they were self inflicted or if it was from rounds fired by the deputy.
Authorities blocked off access to the intersection of Gerbitz and Travis Acers.
The Missouri Highway Patrol is now investigating the incident.
More information from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office:
On 09-12-2019 at 4:41 P.M., Jasper County Deputies responded to a call of a stolen vehicle that was at 5206 E. Gerbitz Road. Upon arrival four deputies saw the vehicle at the residence.
As they approached the vehicle to inspect it, a male in an outbuilding began firing at the deputies. The deputies returned fire. One of the deputies, Justin Henry, was shot in the right calf.
The deputies pulled back down the driveway and set up a perimeter. The Joplin Police Department SWAT team approached the shed and located the suspect deceased inside.
The suspect was identified as Kenneth T. Ashburn, 28, Bella Vista, AR. At this time, it is unknown if the suspect was struck by deputies return fire or if he died from a self-inflicted gunshot.
Ashburn had a felony warrant out of Cherokee County, Kansas for aggravated assault. Deputy Henry has been with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office for seven years.
The investigation into the incident is being conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. An autopsy on Ashburn is schedule for early next week.
The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by numerous agencies including; Joplin Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Carl Junction Police Department, Duenweg Police Department, Carthage Police Department, Carterville Police Department, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, MSSU Police Department and numerous medical and fire departments from the area.