Police identify suspect in Cape Girardeau officer-involved shooting

Domestic dispute leads to officer-involved shooting

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Multiple departments are investigating after a domestic dispute led to an officer involved shooting in Cape Girardeau.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the suspect as 56-year-old Hubert J. Ray.

Ray is facing charges for domestic assault, armed criminal action, and burglary. His bond has been set at $1,000,000.

According to court documents, Ray is the ex-husband of the victim and it is believed he was living in Arkansas.

On Tuesday, February 19, officers say the victim arrived at her home at Green Acres and shortly after, Ray showed up and started knocking on the side door, asking to be let inside.

Court documents state Ray can be seen on surveillance video at the home stepping around the corner of the home and returning with what appeared to be a trailer hitch in his hands. He allegedly used it break the glass of the door to the home and went inside.

According to court documents, the victim is seen on the surveillance video running from the home to her front yard with Ray behind her and holding a black handgun. As she ran, detectives say she clipped on the wet ground and fell. At some point, Ray allegedly shot the victim while she ran from him.

Detectives say a bullet hit her upper arm, breaking her arm, and then traveled into her body.

According to court documents, the police department received numerous 911 calls about shots fired and the callers stated they heard a woman screaming and saw a man standing over her with a gun pointed at her while she was on the ground.

Sgt. Rick Schmidt with the Cape Girardeau Police Department said officers were called to the intersection of Green Acres Drive and Rand Street around 10:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that when officers arrived on scene, they found an armed man, identified as Ray, with a handgun standing over a female in the yard next to her home.

Officers told Ray to drop his weapon but he did not comply and turned the gun toward officers, according to the Highway Patrol.

Police gave another verbal command to Ray to drop the gun but he again did not comply.

Highway Patrol reports police then shot Ray.

Preliminary investigation by the Highway Patrol revealed the female had been shot by Ray before the officers got there.

Both Ray and the woman were taken to the hospital for treatment.

At the request of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control is investigating the officer-involved shooting.

No word yet on the condition of the suspect or the victim in the domestic dispute.

Neighbors who heard the shots ring out said they are shocked by what happened.

“I was confused, didn’t know what was going on,” said Kimberly Egbuka.

“We’ve seen the police lights, and then we looked outside, and then we sat back down and heard a bunch of gun shots,” said Lonna Lopez.

Egbuka and Lopez live on Green Acres Drive, down the street from where the shooting happened.

“It’s pretty shocking that it happened. Like you know everybody in this neighbor is good people. So, just to hear something like that is kinda like crazy," said Egbuka.

She drove up on the scene coming home from work, a home she’s lived in since childhood. But Lopez is new to the area. It’s her first week in Cape Girardeau.

“I didn’t expect it to happen here. I thought we was moving into a quiet subdivision, and so it surprised me,” said Lopez.

“Their back door, their back window is like right there,” said Terry Allen, another neighbor.

Also on Green Acres Drive, Allen’s backyard faces where police responded to the incident.

“It could have been different. You know what I’m saying. They could have been shooting and just shot right through the window. 'Cause it’s right there. They were looking for shells in the back. So, I’m thinking that’s what they were saying. So I’m like okay so it could have been that close. So they had it all blocked off so, I don’t know. It’s a scary moment," said Allen.

Sgt. Clark Parrott with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said domestic violence calls like this can escalate quickly.

“Anytime you’re called to a domestic situation whether it’s in town or out in the county, it’s a very emotionally charged situation. People have acted for whatever reason with their emotions, and it can be a very dangerous situation for subjects,” said Sergeant Parrott.

Multiple departments were called to investigate the incident.

“It’s an all hands event," Schmidt said. "I mean the chief and his staff sends out the call and everyone responds. We have great cooperation with surrounding agencies. I mean the Highway Patrol is here. They didn’t ask any questions. They just got to work.”

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