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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On March 15, 2020, at 11:24 p.m., Springfield Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Battlefield Rd and Lone Pine Ave regarding a shooting. While en route, multiple shooting calls were received, including one at 2100 S Ingram Mill and another at Sunshine and Hwy 65. A final call came in at 11:43 and officers were dispatched to the Kum & Go located at 2885 E Chestnut Expressway regarding another shooting. Callers reported a vehicle crashing at the scene and an armed suspect entering the store and shooting customers and employees.
When officers arrived the suspect began firing at them from inside the Kum-N-Go, fatally wounding Officer Chris Walsh and injuring Officer Josiah Overton. Other responding officers arrived and made entry into the store where they found the suspect deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officers also discovered three other deceased victims and one critically wounded subject at the Kum-N-Go. All victims appear to have been shot by the suspect.
The suspect has been identified as Joaquin S. Roman, a 31-year-old male from Springfield. Next of kin notifications have been made.
Detectives continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).
Case number: 20-9760
Media Contact: PAO Jasmine Bailey417-864-1786JnBailey@Springfieldmo.gov
Release authorized by Lt. Culley Wilson