UPDATE: Joseph Trotter, 38, of Springfield has been charged by Pulaski County Prosecutor Kevin Hillman with five class D felonies in relation to an incident in Richland involving an improvised explosive device found at a residence on Louise Street. Trotter has been charged with Unlawful Possession of an Explosive Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child Creating a Substantial Risk and Unlawful Possession, Transport, Manufacture, Repair, or Sale of Illegal Weapon. Judge Colin P. Long set bond at $250,000 cash or surety.
UPDATE: Two juvenile children were located in the residence that was evacuated due to what appeared to be an improvised explosive device found during execution of a search warrant in the 500 block of Louise Street in Richland.
The device was removed by Missouri State Highway Patrol Bomb Squad and a joint investigation was launched with Alcohol Tobacco Firearms.
After resuming the search of the residence, detectives reportedly located a .22 caliber handgun with a magazine containing 10 live rounds. The suspect was Mirandized and questioned, and reportedly admitted he made the explosive device and purchased the handgun knowing he has two prior felony convictions.
The suspect was arrested and put on a 24 hour hold awaiting charges. A probable cause statement has been sent to the Pulaski Prosecuting Attorney's Office for Unlawful Possession of an Explosive Device, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Endangering the Welfare of a Child 1st Degree.
INITIAL REPORT: Police encountered an improvised explosive device while conducting a search warrant for narcotics Monday evening.
Around 7:42 p.m. July 9, 2018, detectives from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office along with Richland police officers were executing a search in the 500 block of Louise Street in Richland when they found an IED of some type inside the residence, according to a joint press release from the sheriff’s office and police department.
Detectives secured the residence and called in assistance from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Bomb Squad to clear the building before resuming the search. The Tri-County Fire Protection District was placed on standby.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.