Greene County prosecutor issues ruling in deadly officer-involved shooting in Springfield

Published: Oct. 5, 2022 at 4:45 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 5, 2022 at 4:47 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Greene County prosecutor says a Springfield police officer was justified in a deadly officer-involved shooting.

The incident happened on September 2 in the Bass Pro Catalog Outlet parking lot near Campbell Avenue and Sunshine Street. Joshua A. Michael, 37, of Springfield, Mo., died in the shooting.

The incident happened around 9 p.m. Friday near Campbell Avenue and Cherokee Street. Investigators say a Springfield police corporal arrived and encountered Michael in his truck, armed with a shotgun.

Investigators say he refused to comply with the officer’s commands to get out of the truck with his hands up. Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson says the corporal’s body camera and surveillance video show Michael pointing a gun at the corporal, then raising it on his shoulder. The corporal then fired his weapon.

Officers rendered aid. Michael later died at a Springfield hospital.

We spoke with Michael’s cousin Jeffrey White and showed him the surveillance videos for the first time. White said he was shocked.

“Some people may say the officer reacted too quick, but when somebody brandishes a weapon, I mean,” said White.

White said he grew up with Michael in Springfield. And Michael had two daughters.

“Before Labor Day, as far as I’m aware, he was on the up and up,” said White. “New job, was saving money, things were looking up for him. He was a lot more optimistic, positive.”

White said Michael was a passive person, didn’t have a violent history, and the whole family was shocked at his actions.

“It certainly brings clarity as to what all occurred that night,” said White. “Again, I’ve heard many stories, and a lot of folks in town have talked about it, so now that I’ve seen it for myself, it definitely clears up what occurred. It puts my mind at peace now that I’ve seen for myself.”

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