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Police Chief Says Pearson’s Injuries Career-Ending, Will Require Long-term Rehab

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Springfield Police Department

Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams says the officer who was shot early Monday morning suffered career-ending injuries.

30-year-old Aaron Pearson was shot in the head while attempting to question a suspect who had been exhibiting suspicious behavior near the corner of Chestnut and Glenstone. On Wednesday afternoon, Chief Williams released a statement saying Pearson’s injuries “include those to his brain” and “will require long-term rehabilitation and care.”

Williams went on to thank the community for their support of Pearson, his family and the Springfield Police Department.

“Countless community members, business owners and law enforcement agencies have inquired about ways to help the Pearson family, and there will be announcements about a variety of opportunities people may participate in, including fundraising events, in the coming weeks,” Williams said.

Pearson is approaching three years of service with the department just this week. He is married and has two young children.

32-year-old Joshua Hagood was charged Wednesday in connection to Pearson’s shooting.

Scott joined KSMU in November 2012. He had previously served five years as news director for KETR-FM, the public radio station in Commerce, Texas. A graduate of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Scott enjoys producing human-interest stories, among other pieces that educate and engage the community. When not at work, he’s often taking part in outdoor activities, exploring new areas and restaurants, or staying up-to-date with the latest news and information. Scott was born and raised in Shenandoah, Iowa.
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