Update: (12/7): A subject has been charged with attempted murder in the first degree and armed criminal action for the attack on McDonald County Deputy Al "Doc" Halverson on December 1, 2015, according to Bill Dobbs, McDonald County Prosecuting Attorney.
According to Dobbs, Patricia M. Halverson, 42, is alleged to have committed the acts by shooting her husband, Al "Doc" Halverson, in the temple with a 9 mm handgun while at the couple's residence at 2688 New Bethel Road, Anderson, Missouri. After firing the single shot, Mrs. Halverson then contacted the McDonald County 911 dispatch and reported to the first responders and McDonald County Sheriff's Department that the wound was "self-inflicted". Initial observations and statements taken at the scene did not support that claim.
Because the alleged victim is an employee of the McDonald County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Mike Hall enlisted the assistance of the Newton County Sheriff's Department to conduct the investigation of the incident. Based upon a series of interviews and a review of the evidence at the scene, Detective Mike Barnett submitted a probable cause statement setting out the basis for charging Mrs. Halverson.
The suspect was arrested without incident Sunday afternoon at the couple's residence and is being held in the Newton County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond. Deputy Halverson continues to undergo medical treatment at this time.
(Press Release from McDonald County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Dobbs)
UPDATE (12/4) According to Sheriff Mike Hall, McDonald County Deputy Al. C Halverson suffered a gunshot wound while at his home during the evening of Dec. 1st. Halverson was life-flighted to Joplin. The gunshot in not considered self-inflicted.
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Authorities say a local deputy is in stable condition after being found with a gunshot wound. Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to his home in rural Anderson, Missouri around five Tuesday evening.They found a 69-year-old man bleeding profusely from the mouth. The McDonald County Sheriff's Office was called for back-up. Captain Allison says the victim now identified as a McDonald County Deputy who lived at the home was in critical condition when he was transferred to Freeman West. He's now in stable condition. Deputies actively investigating and are hoping to get a statement from him today.
Captain Allison says "We're not ruling out that it was self-inflicted. right now we're working the case as attempted homicide on the victim. once we gather more information and more evidence in the case we'll definitely be releasing that as we get it."
Due to the circumstances of the case Newton County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation. Another person was at the home at the time of the shooting. No arrests have been made and deputies are not looking for a suspect at this time.
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