Suspect stole homicide victims truck

Jack Lankford, Writer

A homicide suspect in Joplin took his own life during a standoff with police a week ago. The suspect had stolen the truck of his victim that had been shot to death a couple days before. Capt. William Davis of the Joplin Police Department confirmed Wednesday that investigators went to 2201 S. Empire Ave. on March 31 looki

ng to arrest James A. Weiss, 44, on a vehicle theft warrant. According to Capt. Davis, a woman told detectives that Weiss picked her up at the Empire Avenue address March 29 and gave her a ride to Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was driving a 2014 Chevrolet pickup truck matching that owned by Wimer and had a handgun in the truck, she told investigators.Davis said she asked Weiss whose truck it was, and he told her it belonged to a friend. Weiss is believed to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a standoff with police at the Empire Avenue address two days after giving her that ride.