Clinton Man Arrested After Allegedly Firing Shotgun at Benton County Restaurant

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BENTON COUNTY, Mo. — A Clinton man was arrested last week after he allegedly fired several shotgun rounds into vehicles and a Benton County restaurant.

Robert Schapeler, 68, allegedly made threats that he would kill patrons of Hidden Lakes Restaurant and Bar after becoming upset about a game of pool, according to a Benton County Sheriff’s Office press release.

The owner called police about the threat. Police arrived at the scene at about 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 21.

At about 11:18 p.m. Schapeler returned to the restaurant with a shotgun and fired the gun multiple times at vehicles and the building of the restaurant, according to the release.

According to the release, a patron outside the restaurant witnessed the shooting and returned fire. The patron allegedly shot once at the suspect’s vehicle.

No one was injured during the shooting, according to the release.

Schapeler was taken into custody in Henry County without incident.

Following the arrest, Henry County Sheriff’s deputies obtained a search warrant and recovered the suspect’s vehicle, a shotgun with buckshot and a rifle, according to the release.

Schapeler was charged with armed criminal action, first-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and first-degree property damage, according to the release.

Schapeler is being held in the Benton County Jail on $200,000 bond.

Here’s the Sheriff’s Office Facebook post:

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