FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The suspect who pointed a gun at Springfield police officers and was shot and killed in the early morning hours of Nov. 4 has been identified as Joseph M. Tyndall, age 30. Tyndall is from the Joplin area and his only known relative in the area has been contacted.
Police attempted to stop Tyndall to investigate a traffic collision, but he fled on foot from the officers. As he was fleeing he produced a gun and refused to stop. Officers attempted to negotiate with Tyndall to drop the gun and deployed less lethal options which were ineffective. Tyndall fired at least one round from the gun in his possession and then shortly after the discharge he pointed his gun at the officers.
Tyndall had a lengthy criminal history to include convictions for unlawful of use of a weapon, burglary, receiving stolen property, and numerous other arrests. Tyndall was on parole at the time of the incident.
The gun that Tyndall pointed at the officers was recently reported stolen from a commercial burglary in Springfield. The car that he was driving was reported stolen from Joplin. A search of the stolen car revealed several other guns, including another handgun stolen in the Springfield commercial burglary.
Tyndall was dressed in a Joplin Fire Department uniform, which had also been reported stolen in a car break-in this past week in Joplin. Tyndall was a suspect in a number of Springfield commercial burglaries and other property-related crimes.
The investigation is ongoing and no further details are available for release at this time.
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Case number: 15-44203
Media Contact: Lt. Culley Wilsonr
Release authorized by: Lt. Culley Wilson