One arrested, victim identified as police investigate deadly shooting at north Springfield motel

Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 9:03 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2020 at 5:04 PM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - A man has died Friday after a shooting at a motel in the north side of Springfield.

The victim has been identified as Billy G. Glass III, a 37-year-old from Springfield. Next of kin have been notified.

Officers responded to the Economy Inn on North Glenstone Avenue around 8 a.m. They spent several hours Friday investigating. Police found the victim, later identified as Glass, outside a motel room door on a second floor balcony.

Police arrested Troy Jones, a 43-year-old male from Springfield, in the investigation. Jones is accused of second-degree murder in the death of Glass, according to Springfield police.

Troy Jones faces charges of second-degree degree murder, drug possession, possession of an...
Troy Jones faces charges of second-degree degree murder, drug possession, possession of an illegal weapon and parole violation.(Greene County Jail)

The case will be presented to the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office for review and potential filing of criminal charges.

Detectives investigated the scene and collected evidence for several hours. Investigators had a large area of the parking lot blocked with crime tape, while some people were not allowed to return to their rooms.

Christina Flowers, a witness, tells KY3 she heard a gunshot, saw the man fall and ran to do ran to do CPR. She wasn’t able to save the man’s life.

Flowers says there’s been some violence in her time here, but nothing like this.

“First time I’ve ever heard anybody get shot out here, and I was here for seven days. I’ve seen a lot of fights, I’ve seen a fist fight or two. I’ve seen verbal, but I’ve never heard of anybody gets shot. I’ve never been this close to somebody getting shot in my life,” Flowers said.

Flowers says she’s seen the victim around the motel, but didn’t personally know him.

According to the Springfield Police Department, this marks the 23rd violent death in city limits in 2020. Sixteen of those have been classified as murder, including Friday’s death, under the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) rules.

One was classified as Negligent Manslaughter, and two others were ruled justified after review by the Greene County Prosecutor. Four other cases remain under investigation to determine the appropriate classification.

Officers also investigated a fatal shooting at the Economy Inn in November 2014. Four people were fatally shot six years ago during that incident.

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