Police investigate homicide in Caruthersville

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KFVS) - By Christy Millweard - bio | email

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KFVS) - Police are looking into a death investigation in Caruthersville.

Caruthersville City Marshall Chris Riggs says it all started when officers got a call to respond to a residence on the 1300 block of Zaida around 4 in the afternoon.

Police say a caller reported seeing a white male with blood on him, who was beating on the front door of the residence.

Riggs says when police got there, they noticed 29-year-old Stevie Smith was suffering from a gunshot wound. Riggs says emergency responders tried to save the man, but says he died on the porch.

Riggs says police traced the crime scene to the house next door. He says that's where they found their person of interest, the 50-year-old man that lives there. Riggs says at this time, he is still a person of interest, and not a suspect. He says no formal charges have been filed.

Riggs says the big piece of the puzzle missing in the case is what exactly happened between the two men that caused Smith to go to a neighbor's house bleeding.

"Unfortunately Stevie can't tell us and you know, I wish he could, I wish it never would of happened, but we have to work it when we get the calls and unfortunately it was a bad situation today, and one's detained, and one's deceased, it appears at the hands of gun," said Riggs.

"He's had a hard road, but we didn't expect it to end like this, hopefully we'll find out exactly what happened, and you know we love him and miss him dearly," said Katie Sides, one of Smith's family members.

Neighbors say the person of interest has been friendly and helpful to them in the past, but said he pretty much kept to himself.

The area around the crime scene was being secured as Missouri State Highway Patrol investigators were assisting police with the investigation.

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