Man dies in officer-involved shooting

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Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014 9:38 pm | Updated: 12:16 pm, Tue Mar 11, 2014.

St. Joseph police shot and killed a man after responding to a domestic disturbance Monday evening.

Police officers arrived shortly after 5:30 p.m. to a home at 1510 S. 41st St., where they encountered what authorities described as an intoxicated man with a handgun who was threatening suicide.

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  • SaintJosephian posted at 5:32 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    SaintJosephian Posts: 83


    Let's hope the police don't go after the Maiers for talking to the press. Something tells me they'll be getting a lot of traffic tickets for the next few years.

  • KatCatThom posted at 6:40 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    KatCatThom Posts: 7

    This is so crazy a story. If he was threatening to commit suicide, then we need to know the whole story, he threatens, not yelling or screaming, but an officer shoots and kills him. How many times can this happen here in St. Joe, the PD seems like they can shoot and kill whomever and are put on leave, then find out that it was justified. These cops have too much leniency..

  • JohnQPublicSafety posted at 8:21 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    JohnQPublicSafety Posts: 55

    Really...give the PD the benefit of the doubt until you get the other side of the story. What the Newspress is reporting is one-sided. KatCat, how irresponsible of you to say that the PD can just shoot who ever they want....really? The rest of the story will come out.

  • jdw64485 posted at 9:55 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    jdw64485 Posts: 2700

    JohnQPublicSafety.. I agree. Too many place blame before the hold investigation is complete. I have lived in the St. Joe area for a long time. I can only remember about 4 police officer shootings.

  • just me posted at 11:48 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    just me Posts: 6

    How can you expect police to "police" themselves? They cant! JohnQ, you're correct, we dont have all the facts, probably never will, however leo these days take a shoot first stance as opposed to "protect and serve". If you recall not to long ago an officer shot another officer point blank in the head, ruled an charges, seriously? My kids know the number one gun safety rule, never point a gun at anything you dont want to shoot. This man was trained [supposedly] and should have been held accountable. So I think the point everyone is trying to make is that leo get away with alot these days, and his repricutions....paid vacation!!!

  • falcon46 posted at 12:17 pm on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    falcon46 Posts: 286

    No big deal, but I believe Mrs. Maier lives directly across the street -- not a few houses down -- from where this incident occurred.

  • novelist posted at 1:40 pm on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    novelist Posts: 5

    Without all the facts, a judgment can't be made.

  • Megan posted at 2:17 pm on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    Megan Posts: 23

    You never get all the facts when St. Joe PD is involved.

  • Retiredandhappy posted at 10:23 pm on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    Retiredandhappy Posts: 12

    She does not live directly across the street. She is two houses away from directly and those are fairly big lots. Plus Mr. Weipert's driveway is on the far side away from Maier's home.

  • ranger85 posted at 10:29 pm on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    ranger85 Posts: 129

    I just watched the follow up interview that KQ2 did on the story. You can clearly see that her residence is across the street and down a couple of houses. LETS NOT FORGET THERE WAS A HUGE PINE TREE IN THE FRONT YARD TOO.

    So by virtue of the distance and her line of sight, it could be near impossible for her to hear or see everything going on in that front yard. But this all hinges on where the suspect and the officers were during the incident.

  • ranger85 posted at 10:30 pm on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    ranger85 Posts: 129

    Something tells me you have an ax to grind with the PD

  • ranger85 posted at 10:34 pm on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    ranger85 Posts: 129

    Maybe you should do some homework on how many officer involved shootings there have been in the last 10 years here in St. Joseph.

    I'm sure it won't take you long to figure out it does not happen very often.

  • 1Adam12 posted at 10:40 pm on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    1Adam12 Posts: 348

    So much ignorance in this post.....I can't even begin to respond to some of it. Good Lord.....

    He pointed a handgun at the officer and got shot. End of story....

  • SaintJosephian posted at 2:21 am on Wed, Mar 12, 2014.

    SaintJosephian Posts: 83

    Sorry officer, it won't happen again officer! Please don't hurt my family, officer.

  • ranger85 posted at 2:49 pm on Wed, Mar 12, 2014.

    ranger85 Posts: 129

    Who said anything about officer?? Im just simply pointing out that you are making a comment that is outrageous.

    Only someone with an ax to grind would make a statement like that.

  • aiden starbuck posted at 5:49 pm on Fri, Mar 14, 2014.

    aiden starbuck Posts: 8

    I guess no one has ever heard of suicide by cop. I dont know if thats what happened but it is a fairly common occurrence. For the haters, if you don't know what suicide by cop means look it up.


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