Trooper Injured by Shotgun Blast in Springfield
At approximately 10:52 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation near Republic Road on the south side of Springfield, Mo.
The driver of the vehicle failed to yield and a brief pursuit ensued. The driver of the vehicle drove off the roadway on East Amory Court in Springfield and the vehicle became disabled. The driver was armed with a shotgun and fired upon the trooper. The trooper, Colton Beck, was struck by the gunfire and sustained serious injuries. The trooper returned fire at the suspect. The suspect fled the scene on foot. The trooper was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.
A perimeter was established around the area by law enforcement officials. During the course of the investigation, Justin M. Jackman, 37, of Bolivar, Mo., was identified as a person of interest. At approximately 7:25 a.m., Jackman was located inside the perimeter of the search area by a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper and taken into custody without incident. Jackman was transported to the Greene County Jail and placed on a 24-hour hold.
On Saturday, Dec. 11, the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Jackman with assault-first degree, armed criminal action, felony possession of a firearm, and resisting arrest. Jackman is being held without bond.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control is investigating the incident. The investigation is ongoing. The Missouri State Highway Patrol was assisted by the Springfield Police Department, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Greene County Park Rangers, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Cox Ambulance Service, and Springfield Fire.
Trooper Beck was struck by the shotgun blast in the head and chest, but officials said he was in stable condition Saturday morning.