Thursday, May 16, 2024

Sentencing set for man who fired shots at Joplin police officers

A 10:30 a.m. June 13 sentencing date has been set in U. S. District Court in Springfield for a Burlingame, Kansas man who shot at Joplin police officers February 24, 2023 when they were investigating him for another shooting.

Adam Everett Kastler, 36, pleaded guilty February 6 to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Kastler's crimes were described in the plea agreement.

Joplin police officers learned Kastler was being picked up in a white Chevy Tahoe at 8th and St. Louis and was armed. They pulled the vehicle over, told the two people in the car to get out. The driver, later identified as Joshua Thompson, got out of the car; Kastler did not.

Kastler revved up the engine, then drove away at a high rate of speed. The chase went into Kansas where Kastler eventually crashed the car.

The Joplin Police Department news release following the incident says Kastler, who was a suspect in a February 7, 2023 shooting at 909 S. Monroe that sent a Joplin man to the hospital, fired shots at Joplin police officers from the vehicle during the pursuit.

Kastler had prior felony convictions for distributing opiates and aggravated battery.

Under the plea agreement, the government agreed not to file any more charges against Kastler in connection with the incident.

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