Man Arrested and Charged for Shooting at the Ava Veterinary Clinic


AVA, Mo- A man has been arrested and charged in connection with a shooting that took place at the Ava Vet Clinic.

78-year-old Christopher Ward has been charged with three charges: unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree property damage, and armed criminal action. 

According to a probable cause statement, the Veterinary Clinic of Ava reported that their air conditioner unit had stopped working and a technician came out and noticed it had been shot, the clinic reported this July 21 and the incident happened July 20th. 

The clinic contacted the Ava Police Department and they came to investigate the scene. The officer on the scene was able to find a partial lead bullet from inside the unit. The doctor at the clinic showed the officer surveillance video of the outside of the building.

The probable cause states, the video shows a maroon 2003 Pontiac Vibe driving to the A/C unit and shows Ward firing shots into the unit and the driveway. 

Ward went into the clinic on the day of the shooting and purchased a bag of dog food and asked for medications for his dog but the clinic could not sell them to him without seeing his dog first. Ward then got upset and left. 

Later in the investigation, officers were able to find Ward at his home and arrested him.  He was transported to the Sheriff’s Office for booking and was later released and sent back to his home and told he could not return to the clinic. 

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