Oct. 19, 2022
Springfield Police investigate officer-involved shooting
Springfield, Mo. – On Oct. 19, 2022, at 4:30 p.m., members of the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force responded to 1511 W. Florida to arrest Roberto Esquivel. Esquivel was wanted on warrants issued by Webster County, Missouri, for First Degree Statutory Rape, First Degree Child Molestation, First Degree Statutory Sodomy, and First Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Esquivel was observed by officers leaving the residence. As they attempted to contact him, he fled on foot back toward the home. Officers chased Esquivel and during the foot pursuit, he pointed a gun at the officers. A Springfield police officer assigned to the task force fired a shot at Esquivel, striking him once. Esquivel was transported to the hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries.
Per Springfield Police Department policy, the officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of both an internal and criminal investigation.
The Springfield Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating this incident. This case will be presented to the Greene County Prosecutor for review and determination of any criminal charges.
Detectives are asking anyone who has additional information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or provide information anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).
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Case number: 22-34041
Media Contact: PAO Cris Swaters
Release authorized by Cpt. Tony Vienhage