Ottumwa Man Convicted in Missouri of Shooting at a Police Officer


An Ottumwa man will spend at least a decade behind bars in Missouri, after being convicted of firing a shot at a police officer.

Joseph Bibby was found guilty in Adair County Court of assaulting a law enforcement officer, resisting a lawful stop, and armed criminal action. A Kirksville, MO police officer tried to stop Bibby in July of 2016 for riding his motorcycle without a helmet. Bibby fled on foot, and fired a shot at the pursuing officer. He was arrested later that day after a seven-hour standoff.

Under Missouri law, the 32-year-old Bibby faces a sentence of ten years to life in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for September 24.

After Bibby’s Missouri arrest in 2016, authorities chose to release him on bond, despite the fact that he had outstanding felony warrants in Iowa. Authorities say that, one week before he shot at the Kirksville officer, Bibby fired a handgun at bail bond agents in Ottumwa who were trying to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. Bibby returned to Iowa after his release in Missouri, and was arrested in Ottumwa in November of 2017.

Bibby is the younger brother of Michael Bibby, who faces ten counts of attempted murder for his involvement in an Ottumwa shootout with police last August.


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