NEOSHO, Mo. — A southwest Missouri police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a man during a traffic stop.

The Joplin Globe reports that Newton County’s prosecuting attorney on Friday announced that no charges will be filed against Neosho officer Reece Himmelsbach in the July 20 death of 52-year-old Joshua Daniels of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The officer pulled over Daniels, who was white, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. A Missouri State Highway Patrol investigation found that Daniels was hiding one hand behind his leg as he got out of the vehicle. Investigators say that when Daniels raised a gun and pointed it at Himmelsbach, the officer shot him in the chest.

The patrol says a search of the car found a “Do Not Resuscitate” order and a signed will.


Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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