Thomas Stogsdill Jr.

A local woman was shot on New Year’s Eve, and police have the alleged shooter in custody.

According to the Miller County Sheriff’s Office, just before midnight on Dec. 31, 2018, deputies were dispatched to Sandstone Road outside Eldon, in response to a reported shooting. They found a woman with gunshot wounds to both legs, and she was transported to a local hospital for her injuries.

Authorities say Thomas J. Stogsdill Jr., 42, of Eldon admitted he shot the woman—his girlfriend—accidentally. According to the probable cause statement for Stogsdill's arrest, the victim told authorities she and Stogsdill had been arguing earlier that evening about her dog, with Stogsdill saying she liked her dog more than she liked him. Stogsdill reportedly threatened to shoot her dog during that dispute.

According to the document, the victim was sitting with her dog outside while feeding it later that evening, and Stogsdill came outside with a gun. He reportedly shot towards her and the dog, striking her in both legs. She told authorities they had both been drinking, according to the probable cause document.

Stogsdill reportedly told officers he got scared and had thrown his pistol into the weeds on the property; investigators report finding a Hi-Point .40 cal pistol in the weeds nearby.

Stogsdill was taken to the Miller County Sheriff’s Office and interviewed; he was subsequently charged with three felonies:

-Second Degree Domestic Assault - Class D Felony

-Unlawful Use Of A Weapon - Class E Felony

-Armed Criminal Action - Unclassified Felony

Stogsdill is being held at the Miller County Adult Detention Center on $75,000 bond.


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