- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

SULLIVAN, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri man was fatally shot by a state trooper after pointing a gun at the officer during a foot chase, the Missouri State Highway Patrol says.

The shooting happened just after 5 p.m. Wednesday near Sullivan, about 70 miles southwest of St. Louis.

Patrol Sgt. Cody Fulkerson said the trooper pulled over Joseph Weatherby, 44, of Sullivan, on an Interstate 44 service road. Fulkerson did not know what led to the initial traffic stop.

As the trooper was speaking with Weatherby, he suddenly drove his pickup truck across a parking lot of a business. The trooper got in his car and began a chase that ended quickly when Weatherby got out of the truck and ran behind a house.

The trooper ran after Weatherby, who pulled out a handgun, Fulkerson said.

“He pointed the weapon at the officer and the officer shot him,” Fulkerson said.

Weatherby was shot once in the chest. He died later Wednesday at a Sullivan hospital.

The trooper, whose name was not released, was unhurt. He is on administrative leave pending an investigation by the patrol’s Division of Drug Crime Control.

Fulkerson said Weatherby did not fire his weapon.

An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday in Columbia.


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