Posted: Dec 6, 2012 9:55 AM by Emily Spain and Elise Oggioni
Updated: Dec 11, 2012 11:28 AM
AUXVASSE - One man is dead Thursday after an early morning shooting in Auxvasse. Callaway County Sheriff deputies responded to a shooting incident around 12:50 a.m. at 305 S. Main in Auxvasse. There deputies found 28-year-old Benjamin T. Harris dead at the scene from a single gunshot wound.
Sheriff Dennis Crane said the department has identified the shooter who's coorporating with deputies. Crane said he's not releasing the name of the shooter at this point while the investigation continues. He said the department and prosecutor's office are working together to determine whether or not the shooter's actions can be deemed justifiable self-defense.
Crane said the shooting incident stemmed from an earlier conflict overnight. He said the two were acquaintances and had a verbal dispute at a local bar. Harris later went to the shooter's residence where the incident occurred.
According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, troopers also responded to the incident to assist deputies.
Witnesses such as Brian Guese said they were alerted to the action after hearing loud screams and popping noises.
"I just all of a sudden heard this loud bang and I went outside to see what was going on, and I just started hearing yelling. A woman was saying, 'Oh my god, he is dead'", Guese said.
He said it took police officers and emergency officials between fifteen and twenty minutes to arrive on the scene. He also said he is surprised that something this big could happen in a small town like Auxvasse.
"You just don't think about auxvasse, and such a small town and then right acros the street from you, it's...it was kind of, it was a shocking experience last night, that's for sure," Guese said.