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Police Looking at "All Possibilities" in Joplin Woman's Death

Karen Norris Found Dead of Gunshot Wound

Wayne Fick Held on Weapons Charges

October 21, 2011|by Joe Daues KSPR News

Joplin police say they're looking into "all possibilities" before they determine how a woman was killed in her bedroom this week.

Karren Norris was found Thursday (10-20) in her home at 1423 Sergeant.  She'd been shot.  Investigators say they were originally called to that location for an attempted suicide.   They have not officially determined the cause of death yet and plan to wait for the results of an autopsy being done today.

A man named Wayne Fick, who lives at the same address is being held on federal weapons violations.


On 10-20-11 the Joplin Police Department responded to 1423 Sergeant in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival officers found the victim, 48 year old Karen Norris of Joplin, in her bedroom with a gunshot wound. She was transported to Freeman Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. An autopsy is scheduled for today.
The initial call was received as an attempted suicide and the investigations bureau responded. At this point investigators are looking into all possibilities as to what happened. There has been no determination as to whether this is a suicide or homicide. Investigators are working with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Jasper County Corners Office to follow up on several leads.
“It is important that we look at all the pieces of the investigation, before we make a determination as to what happened” says Lt. Gallup with the Investigations Bureau.
Wayne Fick, also living at 1423 Sergeant, is being held on a federal weapons violation.
Lt. Gallup said, “The investigation will continue until we are certain that all evidence is obtained and we have a clear picture as to what occurred”

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