BOIS D’ARC, Mo.- A man has been charged after a shooting last week that sent two to the hospital.
Court documents say 33-year-old Steven Burgess has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault, armed criminal action, and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.
According to Greene County deputies, a call taker said they heard a gunshot in the background of a domestic disturbance call at 4:26 p.m. happening at the 12,000 block of W. Farm Road 124.
A probable cause statement from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office says that while deputies were heading to the scene, they learned a female had possibly shot a man in the chest and that an 82-year-old elderly female had been hit in the face with a walker.
Deputies made contact with the caller and said Burgess was armed with a shotgun. The female caller told authorities she had shot Burgess in the chest and fled with others to a neighbors house for safety.
When deputies arrived at Farm Road 124, they found Burgess lying on the ground hear a vehicle with a gunshot wound to his chest. Deputies also noticed he had a .308 rifle in his hand. He was then taken into custody and given immediate medical attention.
Court documents say the elderly female was found inside the home with severe trauma on the right side of her face. Authorities transported her to a hospital for medical attention.
Authorities say Burgess became upset and assaulted the elderly female. She continued to tell authorities she uses a walker for mobility, and Burgess took it away, causing her to fall. The female caller came to help the elderly woman but then left the home with two minors because Burgess had found a shotgun.
According to the P.C. statement, the elderly female said Burgess intentionally hit her in the face with the walker, approached her with the shotgun, and pointed it at her and shot it above her head.
An investigator with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office reached out to the female caller and she told him that Burgess had been drinking and knew because of his slurred speech and behavior.
The female caller said she went outside to help get the vehicle out of the snow, but she heard screams for help from inside a few moments later. She saw one of her children standing outside yelling something like, “(blank) is trying to kill us.”
The female caller ran inside and made a comment toward Burgess saying “how he had now ruined everything.” According to court documents, Burgess “quickly left the living room and went towards their bedroom.”
According to the investigator, the female caller felt that Burgess was going to get a gun, so she went and grabbed a 9mm from her purse. She left the home with the two minors.
Court documents say the female caller saw Burgess leave the home holding a scoped .308 rifle and approach the vehicle. Burgess tried opening the drivers’ door, but it was locked. He then stepped back and aimed the rifle at one of the children in the car.
The female caller feared for her child’s safety and opened the car door and fired one shot at Burgess with her pistol. She and minors fled the car and went to the neighbor’s house where they waited for law enforcement.
On Friday, Feb. 19, the investigator with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office went to the hospital to speak with Burgess. According to court documents, Burgess told the investigator he was heavily intoxicated and didn’t remember much of anything from the day before. Burgess told the investigator he had been drinking with his boss, then drove home where he thought he got into an argument with his family. Burgess said he did remember firing a shotgun at the bed in the house.
“I (the investigator) asked Burgess why he had a shotgun and fired it; he shook his head and said, ‘I don’t know.'” Burgess said he remembered seeing the elderly female on the floor and thought “he must have moved past her at some point which probably knocked her over,” the P.C. statement says.
When the investigator asked why he pointed a gun at one of the children, Burgess began crying and said he didn’t remember and that he has a drinking problem and suffers from anger issues.
Burgess is still in the hospital.