Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Prosecutor Says Charges Uncertain as Evidence, Witness Interviews Reviewed in Florissant Sports Bar Killing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Prosecutor Says Charges Uncertain as Evidence, Witness Interviews Reviewed in Florissant Sports Bar Killing

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FLORISSANT * A bar patron suspected of fatally shooting another customer at Show-Me's Sports Bar & Grill reportedly after an argument about a dog has been released from custody while prosecutors decide whether to file charges.

Police confirmed on Friday morning that the suspected gunman, a 54-year-old man from Bellefontaine Neighbors, was booked Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree murder at the bar. However, he has since been released from police custody.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said in a news conference Friday that he is still weighing evidence in the case against Missouri law.

Stand-your-ground and self-defense laws complicate the case, McCulloch said.

Investigators are reviewing about 20 witness interviews and four hours of surveillance video from different angles in the bar before making a decision, the prosecuting attorney said.

He said the shooter "may end up charged at some point and he may not."

While potential charges are under review, McCulloch told reporters he did not believe the shooter posed a significant threat.

"We try to make a threat assessment, but I don't see this as a situation in which anyone has a whole lot to fear," McCulloch said. "Never say never, of course, but I don't anticipate that this individual will be an issue."

Carl Leavy, who witnessed the shooting, said, however, that he fears for his safety with the suspect released without charges that would keep him from carrying a firearm.

"I don't see how a guy like that can get out," Leavy said. "I'm absolutely fearing for my life and for everyone else that saw it happen."

The charging decision should be made by the end of next week, McCulloch said.

Florissant Police Officer Steve Michael said the shooter was released from the holding cell at the Florissant police station Thursday afternoon because he can't be held longer than 24 hours without charges. …

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