SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - A woman was found dead in her Sikeston home on Tuesday, Jan. 15, according to the Department of Public Safety.
Later that day police arrested a 36-year-old man they believed to be her boyfriend.
Jefferey L. Anderson, 36, of Sikeston, Mo. was charged with first degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.
He is being held with no bond.
Asst. Chief of Police Jim McMillen with Sikeston DPS says it was apparent that 42-year-old Jennifer Midgett was shot and killed in her home on the 500 of Kendall Street.
The SEMO Major Case Squad was activated and quickly followed a lead in Charleston where they found and arrested Midgett's 36-year-old boyfriend on the street without incident.
Right now, police believe this deadly shooting started as a domestic dispute and ended in gunfire.
McMillen says the suspected shooter has been arrested for domestic violence in the past.
“I’ve seen over the course of twenty years those types of situations turn into a homicide scene like this far too often,” McMillen said. “You think that kind of thing can not happen, but any time you have violence in a home or in a relationship it often escalates.”
Investigators were continuing to collect evidence in and around the home Tuesday evening and interview witnesses and neighbors, some of which knew Midgett.
“I was talking with some of the family members. They are obviously very distraught,” McMillen said. “I can’t really imagine having to go through something like that either. It has to be just overwhelming. We really feel for them and we are going to do the best job that we can to get a resolution to this case.”
The victim is also a mother and McMillen says her children were at school during the shooting.
“We sent some officers to school to pick them up and ensure their safety,” McMillen said. “This was prior to the suspect being arrested so we didn’t want anything to happen to them.”
The woman was found around 1:45 p.m. and police believe the shooting happened shortly beforehand.
An autopsy is expected for Wednesday, Jan. 16, according to McMillen.