The Maries County Sheriff Department said a man is in serious, but stable, condition after he was shot Saturday night.
The shooting happened just after 6 p.m. at a home south of Vienna in the 12000 block of Highway 63.
Sheriff Chris Heitman said the victim has been identified as Walter Gray. Heitman said Gray showed up to the home off Highway 63 where a woman has a restraining order against him.
Deputies said the the woman’s husband saw Gray peeking through the window of the home. Heitman said when the husband confronted him, Gray allegedly made a threatening move toward the man causing him to fire his gun.
Gray was shot in the groin area. The Maries County Sheriff’s Department said emergency responders arrived quickly and possible saved the victim’s life.
Heitman said Gray is likely facing charges of ex parte violation, trespassing and 3rd degree assault. He said the homeowner will likely not face charges. Heitman said a police report will be sent to the prosecuting attorney’s office on Monday.
It is fortunate the man survived, and we certainly don’t wish death on anyone. But things could have gone a lot differently for this homeowner had the would-be home invader been more motivated, drugged out, or armed himself.