Thursday, January 19, 2012
Reports of gun fight being staged near Eldon late Wednesday evening were confirmed when Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott reported that three men had been wounded in the incident and are in critical condition at University Hospital in Columbia.
According to Abbott, the incident took place about 11:21 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, when his office received a 911 call that a man had been shot during an altercation at the Town and Country Subdivision a few miles south of Eldon.
Abbott said when officers responded they learned that, in fact, three men had been shot and that while one remained at the scene the other two had already left apparently to seek medical assistance.
Officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol secured the scene of the shooting, while sheriff’s deputies left to locate the other individuals and arranged for them to be taken to the hospital.
According to Abbott, once the men had been transported to the hospital, officers from the Pulaski Sheriff’s Department helped Miller County deputies process evidence at the scene.
Abbott said officers learned that the three injured men, along with a companion, had allegedly traveled to the location armed with clubs and baseball bats apparently to retaliate against the subdivision residents for an earlier incident.
When the men arrived an altercation ensued involving multiple residents of two home located at the scene. Abbott said the situation escalated until a resident of one of the homes reportedly stepped outside and confronted one of the men, carrying a baseball bat and shot him with a handgun.
A juvenile allegedly then came out of the same house and using a .22 caliber rifle fired multiple times injuring two more men.
Following the investigation deputies took a juvenile male into custody and referred him to the custody of juvenile authorities where he was charged with two counts of felony assault with a firearm.
An adult male is being held in the Miller County Jail charged with first-degree assault with a firearm and a second adult male is also being held on charges of tampering by damaging a motor vehicle. A third adult male is charged with first-degree burglary with intent to commit assault with a contact weapon.
The three injured men remain hospitalized and Abbott said his office would be contacting the Miller County Prosecuting Attorney’s office to review charges of first-degree burglary and assault against those men.
The names of the suspects and victims are not being released until the formal charges have been filed in Miller County Circuit Court.
Abbott went on to say that other details of the incident and the circumstances leading up to the confrontation are still under investigation. However “every person involved clearly displayed poor judgment at each stage of the evening in seeking to deal with the situation without calling law enforcement” when the first incident occurred.
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