Driver shot by Joplin Police officer

JOPLIN, Mo. -- Joplin Police say a driver who tried to run over police officers after a traffic stop was shot at by two officers and wounded.

Neither the individual shot nor the police officers were identified in a press release Sunday.

The release says the shooting happened Sunday at approximately 1:10 A.M. near the intersection of Finley and 36th Street in Joplin and that the incident began with a traffic stop.

"The driver of the vehicle would not follow commands from the officer during the stop," the press release stated.  "As other officers arrived on the scene, the driver put the vehicle in reverse and backed into a nearby empty lot.  The vehicle then began driving towards one of the officers at a high rate of speed.  The officer fired his duty weapon at the subject as the vehicle drove by."

The press release states that a second officer also fired at the vehicle but the vehicle did not stop.  The driver momentarily got away but police say the driver and vehicle were later found at the home of a family member.  The suspect was taken into custody and transported to a hospital by ambulance.  The police statement did not say how many times the person was shot or where he or she was hit.

Both officers who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.