RIPLEY COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - A man has been arrested and a woman left injured after a shooting at a convenience store on Sunday, Sept. 8 in Ripley County, Missouri.
Joshua Blackshear, 33, of Ripley County, was charged with first-degree domestic assault with serious injury, Class A felony; first-degree kidnapping, felony; armed criminal action, Class A felony; unlawful use of a firearm, Class B felony; second-degree assault, for ramming a deputy’s vehicle, Class D felony; unlawful possession of a firearm, felony; property damage to a patrol vehicle.
According to the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office, Blackshear followed his wife into Patsy’s Convenient Store on Highway 160 just east of Doniphan, Mo.
Deputies say Blackshear grabbed her and put a gun against her head and dragged her out of the store in front of witnesses.
Once outside, they said the woman fell to the ground and got to her knees.
According to deputies, Blackshear fired a shot, hitting her in the hand, striking her wedding ring and causing serious injury. The bullet continued, grazing her chest.
Bleackshear left the scene in a vehicle.
A short time later, a state trooper saw the suspect on a highway northwest of where the shooting took place.
A pursuit began and deputies say Blackshear failed to stop. He drove into Carter County and then back into Ripley County.
Blackshear then drove his vehicle through a fence and went into a wooded area with the vehicle.
That is where deputies say he tried to cross a creek while inside the vehicle. Blackshear then backed up from the creek and deputies say he rammed into a Ripley County patrol car.
The vehicle was only able to go for a short distance forward before the vehicle couldn’t go any further.
According to the sheriff’s office, Blackshear then ran into a pond where law enforcement took him into custody. The pond was about chest-deep.
Blackshear was transported to an area hospital to be checked out medically due to the crash into the deputy’s vehicle.
Blackshear was discharged Sunday night and taken to the Wayne County Jail for holding.
The woman was released from the hospital on Sept. 9 and is expected to have several surgeries to repair her hand and remove portions of the wedding ring.
Joshua Blackshear is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday, Sept. 11 before Judge Thomas Swindle.