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Coroner's jury rules shooting death of man in Van Buren justified

VAN BUREN, MO (KFVS) - The shooting death of a man in Van Buren, Missouri in February has been ruled justified, according to Carter County Sheriff Rick Stephens.

Sheriff Stephens said the coroner's jury ruled that the shooting death of Mark Rutter was justified and in defense of a third party.

Rutter, 43, was pronounced dead around 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 20.

The sheriff's department discovered Rutter deceased inside a home after receiving a call from a female saying her son had shot her "lover."

According to the sheriff's office, witnesses described that both verbal and physical altercations had occurred between Rutter and his 24-year-old son before Rutter was found dead.

The 24-year-old was taken into custody pending the outcome of the investigation.

However, the sheriff's office reports the 24-year-old was released, following numerous witness interviews, crime scene analysis, and suspect interviews and consultation with the prosecuting attorney's office.

A Carter County Coroner's jury unanimously ruled the death of Rutter as justified.

The four person jury believes evidence shows the son was defending his mother who he reasonably felt was going to be killed by Rutter during the domestic incident.

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