A Jasper County Sheriff's Deputy was not hurt when the driver of a red pickup he was trying to stop fired one shot and struck his patrol car late Friday night west of Joplin.
Jasper County Sheriff Capt. Derek Walrod said late Saturday, that a suspect in the shooting, Dennis Caleb Goode, was stopped in the early morning hours in Branson and arrested on warrants out of Newton County.
Goode was stopped driving a truck that matched the description of the truck involved in Friday night's shooting incident.
Walrod said Jasper County Sheriff's Deputies were in Branson on Saturday to look over the pickup and see if it and Goode were connected to the incident.
Walrod said the shooting happened at 9:55 a.m. Friday near Junge Road and Central City Road west of Joplin.
Walrod said detectives have leads to who the suspect might be and were still searching for him early Saturday afternoon.
Walrod said the deputy was attempting to catch up to a late-1990s model red Ford F-150 pickup to stop it as it was traveling west on Junge Road near the intersection of Central City Road.
Walrod said the truck had one white male and one white female inside.
He said the male driver leaned out the drivers side door as the deputy approached and fired one shot from a handgun that hit the hood and windshield of the patrol car.
The deputy was not hurt and he backed off when the shot was fired.
Walrod said the deputy lost sight of the the truck as it fled into Kansas, but he got close enough to see that it had Missouri license plates. He did not get close enough to get the license number.
Walrod said Jasper County deputies, Joplin Police Officers, Galena Police Officers, Cherokee County Deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers searched the area until 2 a.m. but the suspect had not been located but detectives were following leads.