Springfield Police Department

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At police departments across the country, officers generally have access to protective vests. But it’s not as common an option for the police dogs that are also out on patrol. As KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann reports, recent donations have made those protections possible for K9 units in the Springfield Police Department.

Greene County Prosecutor

The Greene County prosecutor says a Springfield Police officer was justified in shooting an unarmed suspect earlier this year, which resulted in the man’s death.

Michael Ireland was killed on Feb. 17 after being shot once in the chest by Office Andrew Bath. The shooting followed a chase that began near the 1900 block of West Division in reference to a check suspicious activity call.

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The two children who were found dead in a Springfield apartment unit following a lengthy standoff are believed to have been killed before officers arrived on scene.

Police Chief Paul Williams told reporters Tuesday that officials early in the standoff became quite certain the children were deceased, changing the situation from a hostage to an armed and barricaded negotiation.

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Update 8:03 p.m.

Three people are dead, including two children, after a standoff in south Springfield that lasted nearly 22 hours.

Identified was 51-year-old William R. Williams, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Williams’ son and daughter, 4-year-old Brodie and 2-year-old Marley were also found dead.

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Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams says 2014 was a better year for combatting crime while managing a force that is operating below its desired capacity. He also shares that issues like domestic violence continue to be an area of concern, but is pleased with his department’s relations with the community.

The Springfield Police Department recently released its 2014 annual report, which not only breaks down yearly crime data, but highlights other day-to-day work and various personnel items.