A Trenton, Missouri, police officer is in critical condition after being shot while transporting a prisoner to St. Joseph on Friday.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol, which is investigating the incident, said at 3:08 p.m. a female Trenton officer was transporting Jamey A. Griffin, 38, southbound on U.S. Highway 69 to St. Joseph for a mental evaluation at Mosaic Life Care. While in transit, a struggle occurred inside the vehicle and the officer was shot in the abdomen. The prisoner, who was restrained, suffered a gunshot wound to the hand.
Both the officer and the prisoner were transported to area hospitals to be treated for their injuries. The officer was transported via an air ambulance. Griffin is in stable condition.
Sgt. Jake Angle from the Missouri Highway State Patrol held a press conference after the shooting.
“Anytime an officer is involved in something like this when they’re just trying to do their job on a daily basis, it’s tragic because day in and day out we serve, we protect the citizens and that’s our primary goal,” Angle said. “Anytime you hear this as a fellow officer you know it’s concerning obviously for their well-being.”
There will be more information released regarding the officer and the investigation in the upcoming days.