A Jasper County Sheriff's Deputy is recovering on Friday after he was shot while serving a search warrant on a hotel room in south Joplin Wednesday afternoon.

A Jasper County Sheriff's Deputy is recovering on Friday after he was shot while serving a search warrant on a hotel room in south Joplin Wednesday afternoon.
Deputy Nolan Murray, a four-year veteran of the Jasper County Sheriff's Office, is in intensive care at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin.
The Jasper County Sheriff's Office on Friday said Murray was moved out of ICU, into a regular room, and his condition was improving, but doctors had not yet scheduled surgery to remove the bullet from his back.
The suspect in the case, EF Fitchpatrick Jr., 43, St. Louis, was charged on Thursday with three felonies, first degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm. Fitchpatrick was being treated Thursday in the intensive care unit at Mercy Joplin Hospital for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face and is being held on $250,000 bond.

What happened
The shooting happened when Murray and a number of other officers, serving with the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team, were serving a search warrant on a room at the Econo Lodge Motel, 3510 S. Range Line Road.
The Officer in Charge of ODET, Carthage Officer Chad Allison, said 8-10 officer were part of the team serving the warrant.
Kaiser said Murray was standing outside the room, when the suspect fired one shot from a .380 caliber handgun, striking Murray in the side.
“Deputy Murray was wearing a bullet-proof vest during this event, he was wearing it properly,” Kaiser said. “As you know the bullet proof vest doesn't cover everything and the bullet happened to go through an area that wasn't covered by misfortune.”
Joplin Police Chief Matt Stewart said Joplin police dispatchers were monitoring the ODET officers' radio traffic and called in Joplin officers for backup as soon as they head an ODET officer call that shots were fired and an officer was down.
Stewart said the other members of the ODET team gave first aid to Murray and secured the scene before Joplin officers and a special weapons team could deploy.
Stewart said officers tried to contact the subject in the room, but he didn't respond.
“Chemical munitions were deployed in the room by SWAT officers,” Stewart said. “The suspect eventually exited the room at approximately 6:28 p.m. And was taken into custody by officers. The suspect had a facial wound and EMS was summoned to render aid. It was later determined that the injury to the suspects facial area was from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Stewart said a handgun and two spent shell casings were recovered from the room. No other shots were fired in the incident.

Criminal history
Court records show that Fitchpatrick had a criminal history going back to 1991 and is currently on state parole and federal probation. He was sentenced to federal prison for 37 months in 2012 for dealing heroin and released early and placed on probation for a year. On two occasions, the last time on July 6, 2016, his probation was revoked and he was sentenced to an additional six months in prison.
Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan, the chairman of the ODET board of directors, said Joplin police will lead the investigation into the shooting.
The ODET board will debrief the officers involved and examine their actions in this incident. ODET covers five counties,
Dagnan praised the cooperation showed by the different agencies in what could have been what he called a “jurisdictional nightmare.”
“You've got a Jasper County deputy being shot in Newton County, in Joplin,” Dagnan said. “The search warrant was a Newton County search warrant. This could be a jurisdictional nightmare, but it's been great. We've all gotten along, we've all agreed on a course of action. We're all still friends.”