|Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott|
Authorities from multiple agencies are investigating an officer involved shooting tonight (10-4-11) that has left one person dead.
Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott says 9-1-1 dispatcher's received multiple calls about 8:45 about an intoxicated driver on James River Freeway near Republic. Arnott says when the description of a bluish-green mini-van was involved the Highway Patrol advised that the vehicle could belong to someone who was suicidal and possibly armed.
|Authorities at scene of officer involved shooting surround Tammy Robinette's vehicle (courtesy Springfield News Leader)|
Arnott says Deputy Matthew Keatts initiated a traffic stop at MM and Hwy 60 and when he reached inside to shut off the ignition of forty six year-old Tammy L. Robinette of Mountain Grove (AKA Tammy L. Campbell) he heard the click of a gun. The officer then fired his service revolver, killing the woman.
Sgt. Marty Elmore, of Troop G in Willow Springs, said an “acquaintance” of Robinette called 9-1-1 at 8:34 p.m. and reported Robinette was despondent and on her way to Joplin.
The officer's car was equipped with a dash camera and authorities are reviewing the tape.
Keatts has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard in an officer involved shooting.