Man Arrested for Shooting Girlfriend in the Head

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WEBSTER COUNTY, Mo – Webster County Deputies have arrested a man for shooting his girlfriend in the head.

Ronald Collins, 28, of Fordland, Missouri, was arrested and charged for allegedly holding his 23-year-old girlfriend against her will inside a vehicle and shooting her in the head.

Collins was charged with three felonies including first-degree assault, armed criminal action and kidnapping.

Webster County Sheriff Roye Cole says the incident happened early Sunday morning when a man assaulted the woman and shot her in the head.

Collins and his girlfriend were driving from Springfield to Fordland after attending a concert when the woman allegedly jumped from the moving vehicle while in Springfield, according to the probable cause statement.

Collins allegedly stopped the truck and “gain[ed] control of [her]” and put her back in the truck.

The woman allegedly told Collins repeatedly she wanted out of the vehicle, but Collins restrained her by holding her by her head in his lap.

At some point after this Collins allegedly got out a pistol which had been inside the vehicle and pointed it at his girlfriend in an effort to keep her from jumping from the truck again.

When the woman allegedly reached up and grabbed the gun when it went off and struck her in the head.

Collins told law enforcement he stopped the vehicle after the shot went off. He could not find his phone and could not get his girlfriend’s phone to work when trying to call for help.

Collins allegedly drove home then yelled for his roommate to call 911.

The woman is currently at Cox South hospital in a medically-induced coma with life-threatening injuries.

Before being put into the coma law enforcement spoke with the woman who was able to communicate through movements in her hands and feet, according to the statement.

When asked to put up one finger if she inflicted the injuries herself and two fingers if her boyfriend, Colins, inflicted the injuries, the woman “immediately responded by putting up two fingers,” according to the statement.

Both Greene and Webster County officials are working this investigation since it happened at the county line. 

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