Woman, 40, arrested in shooting investigation

Dave Marner

A 40-year-old Owensville woman was arrested early Saturday morning in connection with a shooting reported at 10:13 p.m. Friday off South Cuba Street.

Gasconade County Sheriff’s deputies and two Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers responded to the report of a gunshot victim at an address on Blankenship Court, a mobile home park near the intersection of South Cuba and Highway 19 South.

Owensville Area Ambulance District personnel treated a man, 39, at the scene until around 11 p.m. before transporting him to Mercy Hospital Washington for treatment of a hand wound, according to Sheriff’s Maj. Eric Wilbanks.

“There was some sort of domestic dispute,” said Wilbanks at the scene. “We’re still trying to determine it (the shooting) is related to the domestic or an accidental discharge.”

Wilbanks said the wound came from “a small-caliber pistol.”

The man and the woman were reportedly a “couple,” said Sheriff John Romanus and confirmed they shared the mobile home. Neither were cooperative with investigators at the scene, he said. Both were intoxicated on alcohol, he noted.

The woman was taken to the Crawford County Jail in Steelville where she was held for 24 hours pending the application for formal charges. Romanus said once the investigative report was finalized, his department would request charges of domestic assault and unlawful use of a weapon against the woman. As of deadline no charges have been filed.

Wilbanks and deputies Dustin Toelke and Josh Woodall, along with troopers Evan Hane and Drew O’Brien conducted an extensive search around the mobile home and a car the couple shared. 

As they began the search, Wilbanks said he wanted to make sure they found the projectile so they would know it did not end up in someone else’s residence or damaging someone else’s property.

After about an hour deputies and troopers returned to the car and discovered the projectile imbedded in the ceiling liner on the passenger side of the vehicle. “We found the projectile,” said Wilbanks as deputies placed the woman under arrest shortly after midnight.

Neighbors said the couple kept to themselves. “The perfect neighbors,” a man said.