Stockton Man Killed in Shooting, Suspect Arrested

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STOCKTON, Mo. — A Stockton man was allegedly shot by his landlord and later died at his residence Saturday afternoon.

Joseph Roberts, 39, was in the process of moving at a residence in the 100 block of West Craig Street when he discovered his landlord, Ramie Halbrook, 71, of Stockton, on the property inside a shed.

According to the probable cause statement from the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office, a witness, Ryan Rosten, was assisting Roberts move when Roberts walked to Halbrook to question his reasons for being on the property. Rosten said Halbrook did not respond to Roberts’ questioning and heard a gunshot “just seconds later.”

Roberts stumbled and fell down, according to the statement. Halbrook stood over Roberts before walking toward Rosten with “a blank expression on his face.”

Rosten said Halbrook was holding a handgun and at one point began to pull the gun up. Rosten told police he was afraid of being shot as well and fled the scene in a truck before calling 911.

The Cedar County Sheriff’s Office received the 911 call at about 2:05 p.m., according to a press release from the sheriff.

Deputies found Roberts outside the residence with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead by the EMS personnel at the scene a short time later, according to the release.

Halbrook was arrested by police at about 3:28 p.m. Saturday.

Courtesy of Cedar County Sheriff's Office

Halbrook was charged on Sunday with first-degree murder. He is being held in the Cedar County jail with no bond.

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