Man acquitted in shooting of Jasper County deputy
PINEVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A jury has acquitted a man who testified that he shot a southern Missouri sheriff’s deputy because he thought gang members were breaking into his hotel room to rob and kill him.
Forty-six-year-old E.F. Fitchpatrick of St. Louis was acquitted Tuesday of assault and armed criminal action charges.
The Joplin Globe reports Fitchpatrick was charged after 29-year-old Deputy Nolan Murray was shot at a Joplin motel in March 2017.
Fitchpatrick testified Tuesday he thought the Joplin Honkies gang was going to rob him of methamphetamine and drug-dealing proceeds before killing him.
He said he never saw Murray as the deputy and fired blindly. He shot himself after realizing he had shot a law enforcement officer.
Fleischaker pleaded guilty before the trial to unlawful possession of a firearm as a felon.
Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com