Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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CRAWFORD COUNTY, MO. * A man shot and killed after he allegedly pulled a gun on a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper Wednesday night was on probation and facing the prospect of prison time.

The dead man was identified Thursday as Joseph B. Weatherby, 44, of Sullivan. He was on probation for burglary, theft and other convictions.

Weatherby's attorney had warned Weatherby weeks ago that he probably would be heading back to prison for violating probation connected to a new theft case, the lawyer told the Post-Dispatch. Judges in three counties had issued warrants for his arrest.

About 5 p.m. Wednesday, a patrol trooper stopped Weatherby for a traffic violation on the South Service Road of Interstate 44, about a mile west of Sullivan, said Sgt. Cody Fulkerson of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Weatherby was driving a red Ford Ranger pickup. When the trooper pulled him over, Weatherby stopped the truck and the trooper parked and came to talk to Weatherby. Weatherby, who was alone in the truck, then sped off, Fulkerson said.

The trooper got back into his car and chased the truck. Weatherby jumped out of the still-moving truck in the 1600 block of the South Service Road, Fulkerson said. Weatherby ran and hid behind some sheds, which were behind a home near the Ditch Witch Groundbreaking Co., at 1617 South Service Road.

According to the trooper's account, Weatherby jumped from behind a shed and pulled out a handgun, Fulkerson said. The trooper shot Weatherby in the chest, Fulkerson said.

Weatherby did not fire his gun, Fulkerson said. Weatherby was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan, where he died.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday in Columbia, Mo.

Dash cam doesn't show shooting

Authorities did not identify the trooper who shot Weatherby. The trooper has at least five years' experience, Fulkerson said.

Fulkerson said the trooper will be on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the department's drug and crime unit. The Crawford County Sheriff's Department is assisting. …

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