Joplin Police Dept. officer injured in shootout returns to work

Rick Hirshey.
Rick Hirshey.(Joplin Police Department)
Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 3:48 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2022 at 8:13 AM CDT
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JOPLIN, Mo. (KY3) - A Joplin Police Department officer shot in the line of duty returned to work on Monday.

A gunman shot Officer Rick Hirshey in the face during a shootout in March. The bullet traveled through Hirshey’s patrol car’s windshield. Corporal Ben Cooper and Officer Jake Reed died in the shootout.

Officer Hirshey will begin on light duty status, assisting with administrative duties.

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