Early Thursday morning, a Neosho police officer responded at 2:17 a.m. to the report of a possibly intoxicated driver at Love's Travel Stop, located at 12009 East Highway 86.

Early Thursday morning, a Neosho police officer responded  at 2:17 a.m. to the report of a possibly intoxicated driver at Love's Travel Stop, located at 12009 East Highway 86.  
The officer initiated a traffic stop and the subject attempted to drive away but did stop. At that point, the suspect exited his vehicle and the officer then exited his vehicle.
The subject, later identified as Joshua D. Daniels removed a handgun from behind his body and raised it toward the officer.
The officer fired his weapon and the subject was fatally wounded.  The officer did not sustain any visible injuries during the incident. The deceased subject was a white male, 52, from Tulsa, Okla. No other information has been released at press time.
"I first want to say that the Neosho Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol are in the early hours of this investigation," Neosho Police Chief David Kennedy said in a news conference held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Neosho City Council chambers. "The deceased subject has been taken to Kansas City where an autopsy will be performed.  At this point, the investigation has been turned over to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  Kennedy said that the Highway Patrol is currently talking to witnesses.
Kennedy stated the the incident occured in the rear parking lot at Love's and a single officer initiated the traffic stop. Another officer who was in the front  area of the business provided back-up when the officer called for assistance after the shooting.
When asked if the incident had an emotional impact on his department, Kennedy said, "Yes, it does. It not only affects Neosho and Newton County. It affects every officer who wears a badge. We have things we have to do in our office. We have some counseling that the officers need to be afforded of. Critical incidents (such as this) have lifetime effects and we need to do what we can to support them."
As of now, no information regarding any possible previous criminal record, the type of weapon used by the suspect, or the exact nature of the fatal injury has been released.
"I will make the call to release the officer's name," Kennedy said.
Kennedy said that the coroner is working on notification of the suspect's family and that he expects the name will be released once that has been done.
The police chief also stated, "I want to personally thank the community of Neosho. You have really stepped up at this time for the department at this time of need."
Kennedy also said, "I want to make a statement. When confronted by an officer, listen to the commands, to what the officers are saying."
The incident remains under investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  The Neosho Police Department asked for the Highway Patrol to investigate to ensure a fair, impartial, and thorough investigation for everyone involved, including the officer and the suspect's family.  The investigation is expected to take some time.
The Neosho Daily News will continue to follow the story and share additional information as it becomes available.